In health and social care the importance of correctly identifying people in your care is drummed into you from the outset. Even before staff are on the payroll or in the lecture theatre everyone knows that common sense shouts "pay attention!"
Drug administration and various other clinical interventions are safety critical:
Wrong patient - Right drug
If in additional to acute clinical scenarios we add information giving and 'social care' then once again identity is key:
Wrong person(s) - Right information
heart of identification
There are four key identifiers that we rely on and they map to Hodges' model beautifully - use them wisely....
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Four key identifiers
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