Color-coded wristbands can be patient safety risk

August 2007
Healthcare Risk Management;Aug2007, Vol. 29 Issue 8, p88
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY. Color-coded wristbands have gained in popularity as a way to signal patient-specific safety issues, but a lack of uniformity may cause confusion that can threaten patient safety. Risk managers should work to standardize the use of wristbands and minimize the risk. • Staff must be educated about the inconsistency with wristband colors. • Users disagree on whether the bands should include written warnings. • Coordinating with local hospitals can reduce some of the risk.


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