963-Patient-ID

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

Introduction:

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.

Objectives:

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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