Don’t Struggle Identify Newborns
The Joint Commission (JCAHO) mandated new regulations to protect newborns beginning January 1, 2019.
“In an effort to reduce newborn identification errors, the Joint Commission (JC) has created a new newborn identification requirement for all JC-accredited hospitals and critical access hospitals that provide labor and delivery services.”
It is extremely important to reduce the risk of misidentifying newborns. Remember, they can not speak for themselves! You don’t want to give a newborn the wrong medications, procedures, or breast milk and risk a tragic outcome. Right now, many hospitals use a barcode and scanner to collect patient information, or they’ll even take a wristband and put in on the incubator (which breaks JCAHO regulations).
The biggest issue with this is breaking the JCAHO regulations. Another major issue is scanning a wristband or ankle band on an infant can wake an infant, interrupting their sleep. And, possibly interrupting the entire nursery. Also, since barcode scanning requires a line of site, nurses often have to open the incubator and move the infant around in order to scan their wristband or ankle band. This can be harmful for an infant if their incubator is temperature or light regulated. Lastly, many barcode scanners also use a laser which can accidentally hurt a babies eyes.
Comply with JCAHO’s Newest Mandate
Luckily, RMS Omega has created a solution for accurate patient identification in the NICU called RestEasy RFID. This solution makes it easy to identify even the tiniest of patients without disturbing them or causing any harm. Learn more about RestEasy RFID and how it is a good solution that complies with JCAHO mandate.