College of American Pathologists

  QT1 - Patient Identification




Updated October 27, 2005

Patient Identification Accuracy QT1
The proper identification of a patient is vital to reporting accurate laboratory results and ensuring patient safety. Since the majority of testing is performed away from the patient, patient identification, labeling of specimens, and coordination with test requisitions must be conducted accurately and completely. By continuously monitoring for wristband errors, participants can identify and promptly correct problems that may interfere with patient care services.

Monitor Objective
Assess the incidence of wristband errors within individual institutions, compare performance between participating institutions, and identify improvement opportunities.

Data Collection
On six predetermined days per month, participants will monitor patient wristband identification for all phlebotomies performed at their institution. Phlebotomists will tally the total number of wristbands checked, the number of errors found, and the type of wristband error. This monitor includes all routinely wristbanded patients. (Emergency department patients are included only if the emergency department routinely applies wristbands to these patients.)

Performance Indicators

  • Wristband Error Rate (%)
  • Breakdown of Wristband Error Types (%)

Input forms for quarterly data will be sent to participants approximately three weeks prior to the quarter.


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