Is this Safe? Census: 45 ID Bands: 0 Nurses: 1
I started a Per Diem RN position and was surprised to learn that none of the patients wear ID Bands. The accepted method of patient identification for medication administration is (1) a Photograph from the Med Pass Book (no computers here) or (2) to "ask the aides" who is who.
The most prevalent diagnosis in this population is dimentia and many patients cannot tell you their own names. So I'm wandering through the dining room with a photo in one hand and medication in the other. Or, after dinner, I'm trying to identify patients as they wander through the hallways. The Med Pass typically takes the seasoned nurses on this floor from 6 to 7 hours.
When I asked why the patients wear no ID Bands I was told that it had nothing to do with HIPPA but rather, it is a matter of "Patient Dignity" and that the bands get wet in the shower.
Eventually I will get to know all the patients but in the meantime, is this safe? And, is it standard practice?