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The wicked problem of patient misidentification: how could the technological revolution help address patient safety?

Ferguson C, Hickman L, Macbean C, et al. The wicked problem of patient misidentification: How could the technological revolution help address patient safety? J Clin Nurs. 2019;28(13-14):2365-2368. doi:10.1111/jocn.14848.

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May 1, 2019
Ferguson C, Hickman L, Macbean C, et al. J Clin Nurs. 2019;28(13-14):2365-2368.

Patient misidentification can result in incorrect diagnosis, treatment, and medication administration. This commentary discusses the practice of auditing patient identification wristbands to assess compliance and accuracy. The authors suggest that technological interventions such as smartphone facial recognition and barcode technologies be considered as strategies to avoid patient misidentification.

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Ferguson C, Hickman L, Macbean C, et al. The wicked problem of patient misidentification: How could the technological revolution help address patient safety? J Clin Nurs. 2019;28(13-14):2365-2368. doi:10.1111/jocn.14848.