My humble answer: There really is no rule how to introduce yourself. However, due to confidentiality laws (like HIPPA) I find it's best never to say the name of the patient. My technique is to get the patient to say his or her name so I don't have to. I usually do the following:
- I pick up the written (printed) order and take it with me to the room
- I always introduce myself as I enter the room: "Hi, I'm Rick from respiratory therapy."
- Then I say something like, "Will you please say your last name?"
- I confirm the last name with the order and I say the first name of the patient. Or, if I'm in a humorous mood, I'll say something like, "Yeah, you're right?" Or I say something like, "Yep, you're the right patient." You can get creative once you know you have the right patient.
- Or... if the patient is unable to communicate you can always check the wrist band, or follow the above procedure with the family member or guardian.