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October 2008        More on Color-Coded Wristbands





The Alabama Hospital Association has announced its plan for member hospitals to use standardized color-coded wristbands starting January 1. Yellow will signify the patient is at risk for falls, red an allergy, and purple DNR. More than 20 states have now standardized on these three colors for wrist bands.



The American Hospital Association is now leading the charge to get all hospitals standardized on these colors. See the AHA Quality Advisory on Implementing Standardized Colors for Patient Alert Wristbands for advice on implementing, education and risk reduction strategies. Their materials include a state-by-state list of  state hospital association efforts to standardize wristband colors.











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