December 27, 2004

Law of unintended consequences

When fashion, charity and medicine collide: the bracelets people wear to show their support for causes are or can be confused with the bracelets hospitals use to designate particular patients. For example, at one hospital the "Do Not Resuscitate" bracelet is almost exactly the same color as the one The Lance Armstrong Foundation uses to raise money for cancer patients.


Posted by Linkmeister at December 27, 2004 10:44 AM

OTOH, how many folks of an age likely to need resuscitation wear Lance Armstrong bracelets? Charity bracelets seem to be an affectation of the young, pre-adult age group. The chances of finding one on a hospitalized patient - and that patient needing the services of the resuscitation team - seem to me to be miniscule, at best.

Posted by: Alwin Hawkins at December 27, 2004 12:51 PM

Ah, but what about these: "...hospitals use red bracelets to indicate patients with allergies and purple to indicate a patient at risk for falling." ;)

Posted by: Linkmeister at December 27, 2004 02:00 PM

I admit to have heard of these places, but I haven't seen 'em. Sounds like people are trying to have a Rainbow Party on their wrists.

(Sorry; just had a very disturbing image there - forget I said anything. Brrrrrrr.)

Posted by: Alwin Hawkins at December 27, 2004 06:47 PM

Never heard of this! Colors for everything. Our security alerts are now color coded. Have we become obsessed with color coding everything?

Posted by: Nancy at December 28, 2004 04:34 AM

Personally, I can't stand those bracelets. They're just rubber bands. The cause is good but I'm as sick of them as I am those stupid ribbon magnets for cars. It seems if you have one, you must have many. I keep threatening to make my own car ribbons with stupid sayings. Can't we just donate and not expect anything in return? Boy, do I sound grumpy. Let's just chalk it up to being sick and 7 hours of holiday driving up and down I-95 (if I see another yellow ribbon magnet...!).

Posted by: bunny at December 29, 2004 03:27 AM