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Safe way of identifying pt when....

by Sweetlb Sweetlb (New) New

What's the safe way to identify pt when they are confused, or not capable to

give name and DOB?

Can I ask his/her family member in the room instead?

what are the safe identification methods other than name, DOB, med number?

I know we shouldn't use room number...

Asking for NCLEX purpose just to be sure with everything... thanks in advance.


Specializes in Surgical, quality,management. Has 12 years experience.

Photo taken at admission, confirmed by NOK. That plus ID band checked at admission by NOK.

Check hospital policy.