|Title:||WA Health Patient Identification Policy 2014|
|Document ID:||Operational Directive OD 0486/14|
|Date of issue:||Thursday, 23 January 2014|
|Description:||Describes the content, colour and use of patient identification bands for all inpatients, Emergency Department and day procedure patients in Western Australian Hospitals.|
|Period of effect:||from 1 November 2011 to 30 December 2016|
|Review date:||1 July 2015|
|Authorised by:||Professor Bryant Stokes, A/Director General, Office of the Director General, 14-Jan-2014|
|Print version:||View print version|
WA Health Patient Identification Policy 2014
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.
The WA Patient Identification Policy aligns with the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care’s Specifications for a standard patient identification band (2008) and National Safety and Quality Health Service Standard - Patient Identification and Procedure Matching (2011).
The following principles have guided the development of the WA Patient Identification Policy.
A copy of the full Western Australian Patient Identification Policy 2014 is available from the Office of Safety and Quality in Healthcare website at:
Professor Bryant Stokes
This circular last updated: Thursday, 23 January 2014 at 4:00pm