Patient / Procedure Matching Protocols

Western Hospital has systems and processes in place to reduce risks to patient safety which might occur when there is a failure to correctly identify patients and match that information to an intended clinical intervention (procedures, medications, blood transfusion etc). That is why our staff will repeatedly ask you to identify yourself through the many stages of your care. The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care has introduced a number of safety initiatives which Western Hospital has adopted, including specifications for a standard national patient identification band, patient / procedure matching protocols, clinical handover and transfer of care processes and the use of a Surgical Safety Checklist for patients having surgery or a procedure.