Color-coded Wristband Standardization in Arizona Implementation Toolkit


Color-coded Wristband Standardization in Arizona Implementation Toolkit


This toolkit can help hospitals implement a standardized color-coded wristband system, using Arizona's model. In 2006, Arizona hospitals began a Statewide initiative to use color-coded wristbands to help hospital workers identify at-risk patients, including those who have do-not-resuscitate (DNR) orders, allergies, or who are at risk for falls. Since many health care workers practice at more than one hospital, standardized wristband colors help them avoid confusion and possible medical error.

The information in this kit will guide organizations through:

  1. The colors for the alert designation and logic for the colors selected
  2. Work plan for implementation
  3. Staff education including competencies
  4. FAQs for general distribution
  5. Sample policy and procedure
  6. Vendor information for easy adoption of the recommendation
  7. Patient education brochure


Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association

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Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association


Release Date: 2006
Original Summary: September 2007
Last Updated: 03/12/14

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