This guidance considers the causes and contributory factors leading to the misidentification of a patient and makes recommendations for future prevention.Download PDF
Patient identification incidents (errors and near misses) are uncommon in diagnostic imaging, nuclear medicine and radiotherapy in the United Kingdom (UK). Yet they continue to be an ongoing source of notifiable incidents for the UK regulators of The Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations 2017, and the Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2018.
This guidance considers the causes and contributory factors leading to the misidentification of a patient and makes recommendations for future prevention.
Written in collaboration with SoR members, the four UK IR(ME)R regulators and the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), it focuses on human behaviour and learning from the majority of interactions that go well rather than on identifying a person to blame. It discusses how to approach patient safety differently to further reduce these persistent incidents.
It will be useful for student radiographers, radiography educators and anyone acting as an IR(ME)R duty holder (employers, referrers, practitioners and operators).
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