Ensuring correct patient, correct site, correct procedure protocol

The Ensuring correct patient, correct site, correct procedure protocol for surgery has been superseded and is included here for historical reference only.

History

This protocol was developed by the former Australian Council on Safety and Quality in Health Care (the Council). It was designed to provide a standard process for checking the identity of a patient and matching that identity to a correct procedure. In 2004 Health Ministers mandated the use of the protocol in all public health facilities.

Warning

For surgery, this patient / procedure matching protocol has been superseded by the Surgical Safety Checklist.  Specific patient / procedure matching protocols have now also been developed for radiology, nuclear medicine, radiation therapy and oral surgery.