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Patient Safety Initiatives


Barcode technology was implemented at the Clinical Center in 2010 to provide you with a safer clinical research experience.

This patient safety initiative allows your care team to accurately identify you and link you to your specific medical orders for clinical and research specimen collections as well as blood product and medication administration.


If you are a current inpatient, you were provided with an identification wristband when you were admitted. This wristband includes your name, date of birth, medical record number, and your unique barcode. Please keep your wristband on at all times.


We are pleased to tell you that as of March 2014 all patients arriving to the NIH Clinical Center for an outpatient clinic visit, test, or procedure are being provided with an identification wristband. Staff members in key clinical locations are able to provide you with a wristband when you check in. You can also visit the barcode station located on the P1 Level (just outside the south elevators.

Extended Visitor Badges

If you are an outpatient with an extended visitor badge, we can place your unique barcode on your current badge as a convenience to you. Please visit our barcode station located on the P1 Level (just outside the south elevators).


If you have any questions, please ask your nurse for more information or read this CC News article:
Barcodes at the bedside; collaboration focuses on safety.


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This page last updated on 06/26/2017

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