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In November 2005, the National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) published a directive concerning identity bracelets in hospitals, and set a deadline of May 2006 for trusts to comply.1 It outlined that all inpatients should wear identification bracelets unless they do not consent, or there is good clinical reason and a formal risk assessment is undertaken to confirm this.
In June 2006, in a large UK university hospital, we conducted a prospective review of 54 emergency orthopaedic admissions to assess adherence …
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