Preventing Blood Transfusion Errors in the Operating Room: Redesigning the Patient Identification Process

September 24, 2019
Virtual Event

HIMSS Nursing Informatics - Siemens Healthineers Town Hall Series: Part 2 of 3

How Might We Improve Care Experiences by Improving Provider Experiences?

Blood transfusion errors caused by patient misidentification can cause catastrophic morbidity or mortality. Nursing informaticists at a large academic healthcare system redesigned the patient identification verification process during blood transfusion administration in the operating room using barcode scanning and a dual patient identification band. This process ensures consistency in positive patient identification to reduce the risk of transfusion errors.

The second installment will explore the following learning objectives:

  • Examine the reasons to improve processes for positive patient identification and bar code scanning of blood products in the operating room setting.
  • Explore and identify a plan to implement barcode scanning technology for patient identification in the operating room setting using dual identification bands.
  • Addressing change management considerations for successful implementation of Bar Code Scanning in the operating room setting.

This is the seoncd of three nursing informatics town hall virtual events; the third installment will take place in October.

Registration is complimentary.


Ann Lockhart, MN, RN-BC, Assistant Vice President, Nursing Practice, Ochsner Health System
Andrea Thibodeaux, BSN, RN-BC , Supervisor of Nursing Informatics Center for Quality Excellence, Ochsner Health System

About the HIMSS & Siemens-Healthineers Town Hall Series

Healthcare is the most human-centered profession one can pursue, yet clinical environments are one of the more stressful places to work. In healthcare experiences there are always at least two sides, a patient and a care provider. We believe one cannot improve just the patient experience without also focusing on the provider. Cumbersome technologies, increasing complexity, emotional burdens of the work, and pressures of the persistent shortage in healthcare workers have created a high stress environment for professionals who ultimately want to care for other people.

In this three-part series, nursing leaders share their experiences pursuing strategies to improve the healthcare experience by improving the provider experience.

Trisha Pongco, CAHIMS
Coordinator, Clinical Informatics
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