Table 2

Application of correct patient identification principles across disciplines

DisciplinePatient safety application
ObstetricsHow are newborn babies identified as belonging to their mother so that babies are not accidentally mixed up and leave hospital with the wrong parent (s)?
SurgeryIf a patient needs a blood transfusion, what checking processes are in place to ensure they receive the correct blood type?
EthicsHow are patients encouraged to speak up if they do not understand why the doctor is doing something to them that they were not expecting?