New Wristbands Are Color-Coded

Wednesday, February 17, 2010 at 11:33:42 AM

UHS acute care and skilled nursing facilities will begin using a new Wristband Alert color coding and alerts standardization system on Monday, March 8. For patient safety, the new system will standardize the process that identifies and communicates a patient's specific risk factors or special needs.

At acute care facilities, various colored wristbands will be used. A red wristband means allergy; yellow means fall risk; purple means DNR; pink means limb alert; and green means alternate site marking.

At skilled nursing facilities, colored dots will be placed on resident's wristbands. A red dot means allergy; yellow means fall risk; purple means DNR; and a pink dot means limb alert.


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