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Ideas That Work: Safety Check
ID Pediatric Patients and Their Parents
OSD Staff
Publish Date: July 9, 2015   |  Tags:   Ideas That Work
ID wristbands PERFECT MATCH ID wristbands ensure parents and pediatric patients reconnect after surgery.

Safety Check
ID Pediatric Patients and Their Parents

I'm a surgery center administrator with a background in post-partum/nursery care. In that field, you band babies with parents to make sure the correct baby goes home with the correct parent. I carried that over to our pediatric patients. The parent that signs the consent forms gets a wristband that matches her child's band. When we go to the waiting room to call for a pediatric patient's parent, we know we're connecting with the right person and there are never any mix-ups in the recovery room. This has increased the safety of our pediatric patients and decreased our risk of violating HIPAA laws.

Betsi Hambly, RN, BSN
Shepard CHC Surgical Center
Santa Maria, Calif.
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