Color-Coded Hospital Bracelets - NY Has the Right Idea
One of the things Plaintiffs attorneys tend to get a bad rap for is the outdated notion that we are ambulance chasing money hungry fools. That is simply not the case. Like any attorney, when evaluating a case accepted on a contingent basis, we look to the risk of losing a case in relation to the cost of bringing it.
One thing people don't generally know is that we also look to the chance of remedying a problem. Every day we see problems that would have been extremely simply to fix, and yet result in death or serious injury to our clients. Some of them are complex, like the issue of cable barriers. Some are simple, like a warning label that could prevent a family from dying of carbon monoxide poisoning.
New York City hospitals are taking a big step in the keep it simple stupid process of saving lives by employing color coded bracelets for its patients. Red denotes an allergy, yellow denotes a fall risk, purple denotes "Do Not Rescuscitate", and blue denotes that the patient does not want a blood transfusion. Its simple and it will save lives.
I just wonder how long it will take for this to catch on with other hospitals.