Improving patient identification in an ophthalmology clinic using name alerts

Samir Nazarali, Pamela Mathura, Karen Harris, Karim F. Damji

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Objective To develop a standardized process for reviewing daily patient lists and identifying potential risks of misidentification. Our goal was to develop a proactive approach to identify and eliminate risks of patient misidentification. Methods Assessment of current patient identification practices took place over a period of 4 weeks. Using a process map, a patient survey was developed to determine the encounter points when patient identification was confirmed. This information was used to develop a standardized protocol for review of daily appointment lists. Results Review of daily appointment lists was completed to identify potential similar/same name risks. A standardized manual process of chart review, flagging, and tracking was developed. Conclusions The name alert process resulted in a simple manual process for identifying which patients have a higher name risk and allowed care providers to take preventative action to decrease potential risk of incorrect diagnostic testing, procedure, or medication administration.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)564-569
Number of pages6
JournalCanadian Journal of Ophthalmology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2017
Externally publishedYes


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