Jason Adelman Describes Patient Identification Pictographs for Newborns in Public Health Minute

December 11, 2018

In Public Health Minute (PHM), researchers and medical professionals provide minute-long descriptions of their research. Dr. Jason Adelman, Executive Director of the Patient Safety Research Program as well as Chief Patient Safety Officer for NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center, explains the necessity of a patient photograph-equivalent for newborns as infants have yet to develop "distinguishing physical features". By using BabySAFE pictographs, which are "easy-to-remember images like a rainbow or a firetruck", providers assign newborn patients a prominent visual identifier. Dr. Adelman hopes his research will reduce wrong-patient errors for newborns and inform national patient safety practices.