Course # DL-963: Patient Identification

by Patricia L. Fawkes, CLS - Kaweah Delta Healthcare District Transfusion Service - Visalia, CA

Approved for 1.0 CE
Level of Difficulty: Basic


In preparing for blood collection, each phlebotomist or other healthcare worker generally establishes a routine that is comfortable for him or her. Several essential steps are part of every successful collection procedure, but the most important task a phlebotomist has to do is properly identify the patient. Patient Identification is the process by which a worker verifies the fact that a patient is the same as the one described on the requisition or physician order. This continuing education unit will be emphasizing this important aspect of sample collection.


At the end of this course, the participant will be able to:

1. Discuss the importance of correct patient identification.

2. Define proper patient identification for both inpatients and outpatients.

3. Explain the two-step process of the specimen collection procedure.

4. Identify the difference between general labeling of a laboratory sample with the identification of a blood bank sample.


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