|Title:||Western Australian Patient Identification Policy 2010|
|Document ID:||Operational Directive OD 0312/10|
|Date of issue:||Wednesday, 29 December 2010|
|Status:||NO LONGER APPLICABLE|
|File number(s):||RSD 00940|
|Description:||Describes the content, colour and use of patient identification bands for all inpatients and day procedure patients of Western Australian public hospitals.|
|Period of effect:||from 1 January 2011 to 30 December 2016|
|Review date:||1 July 2015|
|Authorised by:||Mr Kim Snowball, Director General, WA Health, 29-Dec-2010|
|Print version:||View print version|
Western Australian Patient Identification Policy 2010
Western Australians currently enjoy good health care. Nevertheless, although uncommon, failures in the patient identification process continue to result in wrong person, wrong site procedures, medication errors, transfusion errors, and diagnostic testing errors. Accurate identification of patients, resulting in the administration of intended clinical interventions, is one of the most fundamental components of the provision of good health care.
In 2008, the Australian Health Ministers endorsed the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care’s Specifications for a standard patient identification band.
The following principles, outlined in the Commission’s specifications, have guided the development of the WA Patient Identification Policy.
In accordance with the Western Australian Patient Identification Policy, a complete system of unique identification for each patient is mandatory at all West Australian public hospitals. As a minimum, the following core patient identifiers must be recorded on patient identification bands:
The Policy outlines processes for:
A copy of the full Western Australian Patient Identification Policy 2010 is available from the Office of Safety and Quality in Healthcare website at:
Mr Kim Snowball
This circular last updated: Wednesday, 29 December 2010 at 10:55am