Making Positive Patient Identification a Red Rule
MaineHealth has implemented the Positive Patient Identification (PPID) Red Rule to ensure that patients only receive care that is specifically relevant to them. The PPID Red Rule and policy states that all patients must have their identity verified with at least two distinct identifiers prior to any procedure, service or care intervention in a health care setting.
Red Rules are absolutes that everyone must always follow without exception – like always wearing your seat belt when riding in a car. MaineHealth care team members have equitable ownership to hold themselves and their colleagues accountable to this rule.
“Excellence in quality and safety starts with doing the little things right every single time,” stated MaineHealth CEO Andy Mueller, MD. “This begins with making sure we have the right patient in front of us every time. It sounds small and simple, but given the complexity of the care we provide and the enormity of the population we serve, at times it can be a challenge.
“Making positive patient identification a Red Rule ensures that the care journey always begins with a good start.”