(OK, maybe this is isn’t exactly standard work. But it is a case of everyone agreeing to do something the same way.)
Color-coded wristbands are not new. But according to a story in the Phoenix Daily News-Sun, Barb Averyt, program director of patient safety at
Specifically, eight different colors were being used in the 47
Averyt created a new program, called Safe & Sound, which was launched this spring. All the hospitals now use red wristbands to designate allergy risk, yellow to designate fall risk, and purple to designate DNR. (There are more than three types of risk, but the program focuses on these three as among the most significant. And yes, DNR is not exactly a form of risk, but whether a patient is DNR is critical information for medical staff.)
So far, six states in addition to
Simple, low-tech, and inexpensive – now that’s the way to achieve improvement.
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