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PSNet: Patient Safety Network
Journal Article
Review

Transfusion safety: the nature and outcomes of errors in patient registration.

Cohen R, Ning S, Yan MTS, et al. Transfus Med Rev. 2019;33(2):78-83.

Inaccurate patient registration can result in information gaps that contribute to delay, misunderstandings, and harm. This review discusses registration errors in the blood transfusion process. The authors discuss how problems can occur during various stages in the transfusion process and result in blood-type discrepancies. They suggest improved reporting of identification mistakes and use of photo identification tools as strategies to prevent patient harm associated with registration errors.