Patient and Family Guide

Patient ID Bands

Nationwide, hospitals and clinics are noting patient identification as a major source of error and are building systems to ensure the safety of our patients. The American Family Children's Hospital is working hard to provide key safety measures to our patients.

One main safety feature is the proper use of the patient name band. Each child will have a name band placed around his or her wrist or ankle to assure that the right medicine and the right procedure is administered to the right patient. This ID band will be scanned by a small hand-held device each time your child is given a medicine.

Please keep in mind that your child's safety must come first. We cannot scan any band that is not attached around your child's wrist or ankle. No medicine or procedure will be administered without this safety band in place.