Clin Pediatr (Phila) 2017 10 12;56(12):1157-1159. Epub 2017 Apr 12.
4 Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY, USA.
Pediatrics 2015 Aug 13;136(2):327-33. Epub 2015 Jul 13.
Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York; Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, New York;
Background: Because there can be no delay in providing identification wristbands to newborns, some hospitals assign newborns temporary first names such as Babyboy or Babygirl. These nondistinct naming conventions result in a large number of patients with similar identifiers in NICUs. To determine the level of risk associated with nondistinct naming conventions, we performed an intervention study to evaluate if assigning distinct first names at birth would result in a reduction in wrong-patient errors. Read More