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Wristbands alert nurses to patient status

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A range of wristbands for hospital patients that alert nurses to any special needs or medical requirements has been produced by a medical ID device company.

Mediband has a variety of colours on offer and includes “falls risk”, “thickened fluids” and “blood thinning drugs”. Each band is accompanied by a wallet card that carries details of the problem or condition.

 

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  • As a nurse of some years now, I can remember carrying around a tongue depressor that had the drip rate calculations on, so many drips per minute makes a 500ml bag go through in so many hours, this just looks like another easy reminder for nurses, however if nurses were allowed to do what they were trained to do, i.e. look after patients, they would have time to get to know the patients on their ward and would need the bands to identify a particular patients problem, where will the bands stop?

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  • I think these are stupid, i thought the idea of 'labelling patients had gone long ago. As a newly qualified nurse on a very bust MAU I find myself having to constantly remind myself of my patients needs etc throughout my day but I would never want to have to result to these. Where does it stop? Why bother having a handover, we could just look at the patients arm to find out what drugs, conditions and if the are DNAR

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  • A recent NPSA alert informed us we were no longer to use any other wristband apart from White with basice identifyiers on there - and that we would have to consult the patient and the patient's notes for any other detail such as allergy and other risk.

    Then this ...

    Wonder if the NPSA approve?

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  • Is this contrary to the data protection as anybody can read these bands. and does the patient have any say in their compliance to wearing such devices.

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  • Well said Nicholas!!

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  • This is new? I regularly see patients with 3 bands on aready. Not decided if it's good or bad though, leave that to all you brainiacs, I'm far too busy picking people up off the floor and reading all those wristbands to have the time to form an opinion!!!!!!

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  • Our trust has just removed all allergy wristbands as these contradict the patients confidentiality rights, yet most of my patients can't comfirm there allergys when they are admitted to us as they are oftern post cardiac arrest!
    so i don't see us being allowed to use these bands even if so trusts do find them useful.

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  • I think these are a great idea.

    I just had a look at the website and from what I can tell, they do not contain highly personal information like some other bands.

    It would be the patients choice to wear one, so can't see a problem with them.

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  • I think these are a great idea.

    I just had a look at the website and from what I can tell, they do not contain highly personal information like some other bands.

    It would be the patients choice to wear one, so can't see a problem with them.

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