What's in a name? Newborn naming conventions and wrong-patient errors.
Approach to Improving Safety
Setting of Care
Newborns assigned temporary names are at increased risk for patient misidentification and wrong-patient errors. This newsletter article reports on the role of electronic health records in newborn misidentification and the unintended consequences associated with a Joint Commission set of recommendations to reduce risk. ISMP is currently surveying the field to assess the prevalence of the problem. The deadline for submitting data is June 9, 2019.