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Patient identification

All patients receive an ID bracelet at admission that lists their name and other appropriate information. Physicians, nurses and other care givers carefully check bracelets and charts before any procedures, tests or administration of medication.

How you can help:

  • Be sure the information on your (or your loved one's) ID bracelet is correct.
  • Notify Admitting staff and your physician or nurse of any allergies, other medical conditions or special circumstances. You will receive a supplemental bracelet with this information.
  • If you do not receive a patient ID bracelet, or if your bracelet falls off or is damaged, please let your nurse know immediately.
  • Before taking any medication or undergoing any test or procedure, it's OK to ask your caregiver to check your ID bracelet.

Bar coding

Depending on where patients stay while in the hospital, they might have a bar code on their patient ID bracelets.

It's part of a system the hospital uses to verify important information about patients and their treatment, including their medications.

To confirm patients are receiving the correct medication, the system uses:
  • Bar Code Technology (scanning)
  • Electronic Medication Administration Record (eMAR)
  • Positive Patient Identification (PPID)


EMAR, a computerized program, will list each patient's medication profile, including what medications they're on. Before a medication is given, the nurse or respiratory therapist will use a small electronic device to scan bar codes on the ID wristband and on medications. This will be done to ensure patients receive what are called the "five rights" of patient medication administration:
  1. The right patient
  2. receives the right medication
  3. in the right dose
  4. via the right route
  5. at the right time.
The nurse or therapist will receive a warning on the computer if there is any mismatch and will take action to ensure these five rights are met. It's just one more way we're working to ensure our patients' safety.

If you or your loved ones have any questions about the bar-coding program, please ask!