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Monroe Clinic joins color wristband effort
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MADISON - Nearly 80 percent of the hospitals in Wisconsin have met the voluntary standard set by the Wisconsin Hospital Association to standardize their color-coded patient alerts by March 1.Color-coded wristbands and other visual communication tools used in hospitals alert physicians, nurses and other health care professions to a patient's unique needs and wishes. Wristbands, stickers and placards are commonly used to identify allergy warnings, fall risks or do-not-resuscitate (DNR) orders.There has not been a standard that offers direction to hospitals as to what color identifies which alert. Many health professionals work in multiple health care settings, so they must memorize multiple, sometimes conflicting, color-coded alert systems.