While you are an inpatient at KEMH, expect our staff to check for two identifiers (usually name and birth date) in order to make sure:
- We reliably identify the patient as the person for whom the service or treatment is intended
- We match the service , surgery, medications, blood products, specimens or treatment to that individual patient
We believe that strict adherence to this policy will ensure the safest care for each patient. Please bear with us at times when the two-identifier check seems obvious and repetitious from a caregiver. If you are in a situation where someone is starting treatment or giving you medication without matching your identification band to the treatment requisition, please speak up and remind the clinician to confirm this information.