Standardized Patient Wristbands

At McLaren Lapeer Region, patient safety is a top priority. One of the many ways we work to prevent potential errors is the use of standardized color-coded patient wristbands. The same colors for these specific alerts are used in more than 25 other states. The color-coded wristband is a visual "alert" for all staff members, and helps everyone provide the best care possible. The meaning associated with the specific color is written on the wristband to reduce the chance of confusion.

What do the different colors mean?


red allergy bracelet

If you have an allergy to anything - food, medicine, dust, grass, pet hair, ANYTHING - tell us. It may not seem important to you, but it could be very important in the care you receive.


yellow fall risk bracelet

We want to prevent falls at all times. Your health care team will determine if you need extra attention in order to prevent a fall. Sometimes, a person may become weakened during his or her illness or because they just had a surgery. When a patient has this color-coded alert wristband, it indicates this person needs to be assisted when walking or they may fall.

PURPLE means "DNR" or Do Not Resuscitate

purple do not resuscitate bracelet

Some patients have expressed an end-of-life wish and we want to honor that.

PINK means Restricted Extremity

pink restricted extremity bracelet

When a patient has this color-coded wristband, the health provider is saying this patient's extremity should be handled with extreme care. Other care providers are alerted to check with the nurse prior to any tests or procedures.

GREEN means Latex Allergy

green latex allergy bracelet

When a patient has this color-coded wristband, it indicates an allergic reaction to latex. This green wristband will alert the doctors, nurses, and other health care professionals about your allergy.


Patients and family members need to be involved.

Please share information about allergies with your caregivers. This includes foods and pollens, as well as medication allergies.

If you have a tendency to lose your balance, tell your nurse. If you feel faint or unsteady after a procedure or following sedation, inform your caregiver and do not try to get up without assistance.

If you have an advance directive, please tell your team of caregivers. An advance directive tells your doctor what kind of care you want, if you become unable to make medical decisions. If you want to complete an advance directive, talk to your nurse. We want to honor your wishes and documenting your preferences allows us to do so.