Quote from JerseyBSN
A friend started a new job at a rehabilitation center. They do paper charting (check sheet and short narrative). What shocked her, and me, was that the patients do not wear armbands. When giving meds they have to only verbally confirm their name. She asked why doesn't anyone have an armband? The answer: It's a matter of confidentiality. How can they get away with this? Where's Joint Commission? It's a large well known center not a small Mom & Pop facility.
As an agency nurse I encounter no name bands 80% of the time. I have a good memory after 12 hours on the same floor I can tell you the names of 90% of the patients. BUT I shouldn't have to stop a CNA in her work just to tell me a name of a patient. When I ask the supervisors of these places about the name tags, I get all kinds of answers from "Our staff knows their names" to " We don't want out residents to feel like prisoners." To point out to them that
med errors can happen they look at me as if I just asked "Which way to the tea party, Alice?