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December 13, 2004 09:48 AM

Broken: LiveStrong bracelets in hospitals

David Owen points us to a San Francisco Chronicle article about those ubiquitous yellow bracelets:

"A hospital chain is taping over patients' LiveStrong wristbands because they are yellow -- the same color as the 'do not resuscitate' bands it puts on patients who do not want to be saved if their heart stops."


this is fixed, not broken!

very funny though.

Posted by: glatzer at December 13, 2004 11:28 AM

Yes, broken would be hospitals handing out the yellow braclets...

Posted by: T. Bradley Dean at December 13, 2004 01:16 PM

Did you notice the last line of the article: " Not all hospitals use the same coloring system."

Yikes. Well, I hope I don't get relocated from one hospital to another, or have a doctor or nurse who is filling in a shift at a hospital across town!

I am reminded of the old urban legend about the "murdering cleaner". When it comes to medicine, design can mean the difference between life and death!

Posted by: Robby Slaughter at December 13, 2004 02:06 PM

Well I think that just scared the desire to wear charity bracelets out of me.

Posted by: Maurs at December 13, 2004 03:54 PM

beep, beep... beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.... thats what charity gets you.

Posted by: Dragon at December 13, 2004 05:09 PM

It is broken in a sense. The brokenness is in the lack of a color-coding standard in thie hospital industry. The hospitals deserve credit for putting a band-aid on the problem (pun intended), but the industry should set a standard.

Posted by: Jay at December 14, 2004 10:13 AM

Simple solution: instead of color coding, a bracelet or dog tag with "Do not resuscitate" clearly written on it in multiple languages.

Posted by: michael at December 18, 2004 04:03 PM

michael: That slows people down, having to look for the bracelet in question, find the language you can understand, and read it. That can easily take 15 seconds, and by then you may have lost the person.

Posted by: Ilan at January 6, 2005 01:51 PM

Well, concitering these docters would have probably been trained, you would think that looking at a strange wristband with lots of stuff written in it in different languages wouldnt be a problem...

Well... that kinda beats the hell out of helping people doesnt it.

Posted by: ZeroCool at January 31, 2005 07:02 PM

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