Journal Article

An observational study of how patients are identified before medication administrations in medical and surgical wards.

Härkänen M; Kervinen M; Ahonen J; Turunen H; Vehviläinen-Julkunen K

This direct observation study found that verifying patients' identity prior to medication administration, a key patient safety practice, was not routinely employed. Nurses with more experience tended to comply with the identification protocol less, underscoring the challenge of effectively implementing patient safety recommendations.