Do Community Wristbands Present a Patient Safety Risk?
MedSun: Newsletter #44, January 2010

Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority

There is potential for confusion between community wristbands and hospital color-coded wristbands if the community wristbands are inadvertently interpreted as hospital wristbands. This could result in inadequate or incorrect care being delivered to patients, particularly in emergent situations. Facilities may consider prohibiting community wristbands in the healthcare setting. If patients do not consent to the removal of these community wristbands, covering them may be a viable alternative.

Additional Information:

Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority. Do Community Wristbands Present a Patient Safety Risk? December 2009.
http://www.patientsafetyauthority.org/ADVISORIES/AdvisoryLibrary/2009/Dec6(4)/Pages/140.aspx


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