Wristband Standardization Initiative

Texas hospitals are joining more than 25 other states to improve patient safety by adopting three standard wristband colors: Purple for do-not-resuscitate, red for allergies and yellow for fall risks. The patient safety benefits of standardizing wristband colors are well-documented. The investment in standard color wristbands and staff education will improve the workplace and provide patients with a safer care environment. In spearheading this voluntary, statewide initiative, the Texas Hospital Association, Texas Organization of Nurse Executives, Texas A&M Health Science Center Rural and Community Health Institute, and TMF Health Quality Institute collaborated to provide the Color-coded Wristband Standardization Project in Texas toolkit as a benefit to Texas hospitals.



Mitzi Ressmann, RN, FACHE
Texas Hospital Association