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Medical Staff Pulse Newsletter

Protect Your Patients by Checking Two Forms of ID

Proper patient identification remains a top priority at Cedars-Sinai, as well as a National Patient Safety Goal designated by The Joint Commission. To ensure patient safety and reduce adverse events and near misses, employees are encouraged to "Check Two Before You Do."

The new "Check Two Before You Do" campaign is launching in conjunction with Patient Safety Awareness Week, taking place March 9-13.

"Patient safety touches everything we do, each day," said Edward Seferian, MD, chief patient safety officer. "Proper patient identification is not only a national patient safety goal, but also one of the highest priorities we have at Cedars-Sinai."

The "Check Two Before You Do" campaign serves as a reminder to never use a room number as a form of patient identification. That's because patients are quickly, and constantly, moving between rooms and departments to triage their care quickly and efficiently. 

When communicating with your colleagues—including ordering consults or tests, performing procedures and requesting imaging and other tests or procedures between departments—ensure patient identification is verified using the following:  

  • For inpatients: Use a Medical Record Number (MRN) and full name.
  • For ambulatory care: Use a patient's full name and date of birth.

Again, a room number or patient location can never be used as a patient identifier. Please also note that through the use of on-campus digital monitors, patients and their visitors will be encouraged to ask their healthcare providers to verify their identity if not initially asked.