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Nursing Home Cited in 6 Deaths

Nursing Homes have been cited by state investigators for failing to perform lifesaving measures on residents who had requested that they be resuscitated. Two nursing homes have been cited for ignoring written orders that residents not be resuscitated. These errors show how using purple wristbands to identify residents who had signed a do not resuscitate order may be helpful. The nursing homes were sanctioned for their inability to follow orders. Legislatures in other states have enacted a nursing home law requiring purple wristbands. The hospital association is also considering using a red wristband to indicate allergies and a yellow wristband to indicate that a patient has a risk of falling. These wristbands would greatly help flag specific patients and woudl be useful in Chicago, Illinois. To read more about this nursing home legislation, please click the link.