PATIENT ARMBANDS IN HOSPITALS AND NURSING HOMES

A state agency and a hospital industry group are considering whether Kentucky should use color coded armbands to alert staff to patient wishes and medical conditions. The Lexington Herald-Leader reported Jefferson Manor nursing home in Louisville was cited in March after employees attempted to resuscitate a 95-year-old resident, despite a “do not resuscitate” order for her.

Not a bad idea really.

What about it Virginia? Wouldn’t the use of armbands by nursing homes and hospitals help prevent screwups with medications, diet, and resuscitating a resident who didn’t want resuscitation efforts?

Dan Frith

Dan Frith

Dan Frith has over 25 years of experience representing individuals and families in cases of medical malpractice throughout Virginia. He has been named "Best Medical Malpractice Attorney" by Roanoker Magazine and is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. To speak with Dan, contact him by email at dfrith@frithlawfirm.com.