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PSNet: Patient Safety Network
Journal Article

The use of patient digital facial images to confirm patient identity in a children's hospital's anesthesia information management system.

Thomas JJ, Yaster M, Guffey P. Joint Commission journal on quality and patient safety. 2019.

The Universal Protocol was intended to prevent wrong site, wrong procedure and wrong person surgery; however, these errors persist. In an effort to reduce wrong-patient charting and near-miss events involving anesthesia, this study implemented a digital photograph to the pre-anesthesia checklist to prompt visual inspection of the patient’s facial image and verification of their hospital ID bracelet. After implementation, only one instance of wrong-patient charting was documented; however, baseline data was unavailable and thus, it is unknown whether this intervention reduced mischarting error.