Find information about a new clinical decision support tool that may impact your practice.

What’s happening? 

The Student Practice team would like to inform all students and faculty instructors about a new Clinical Decision Support Tool (CDST) that may impact their practice:

Clinical Decision Support Tool: Identification – Two Identifiers of Patient/Client/ Resident – Clinical Policy  changes are in immediate effect.

  • Highlights

    The purpose of this policy is to:

    •  to guide person specific identifiers to confirm the right person receives the right service or procedure intended;
    • to avoid harmful incidents such as privacy breaches, adverse or allergic reactions, inappropriate discharge of clients, medication errors and services or procedures provided to the wrong person, or services not provided when appropriate through errors in identity;
    • to ensure that future care for clients is the intended service for the individual by ensuring that all documentation associated with care is attached to the correct client file; and
    • to outline the process for confirming identity utilizing two person-specific identifiers and comparing this to clinical documentation to verify that the person receiving care is the person for whom the medication, health service, procedure, or treatment is intended.
  • Practice changes

    This policy reflects practices already within Fraser Health. For additional unit/clinical area or population specific requirements refer to your unit/clinical area specific policies approved by the Clinical Policy Office.

    This policy does not supersede units/clinical specialty areas with a current policy on patient identification, approved by the Clinical Policy Office.

  • Impacted programs/professions/networks

    All programs/professions/networks

  • Education and implementation

    This practice is taught during professional training and is not new.

Why is this important? 

Fraser Health considers the patient experience in all parts of the health system. This includes the development and revision of policies, Clinical Decision Support Tools, forms, and Pre-Printed Orders. Our goal is to provide quality care that is sensitive and responsive to patient needs, preferences, and beliefs.

How will this impact students and faculty instructors? 

Students and faculty instructors are expected to apply any necessary changes in their practice to ensure that patients, clients, and residents continue to receive safe and quality care. Students and faculty instructors can only access this CDST via FH Pulse when they are on a Fraser Health computer on a Fraser Health site.


Please contact the Student Practice Team.

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