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Patient ID bracelets get new look

CHEO will gradually begin using different patient ID bracelets this July so that, when weImage of an example of a new white regular patient ID bracelet introduce Epic — our new electronic health record system — in inpatient units, Emergency, the Medical Day Unit, Medical Imaging, Critical Care and Perioperative Services, we can scan a barcode on the bracelet to verify not just the patient’s identity but also their medication requirements.

ID bracelet colours will also change: while regular armbands will be white, those indicating patient allergies will now be black instead of red. Image of an example of a new black allergy alert ID bracelet

Please make sure your child or teen keeps their ID bracelet on as long as they are at CHEO, and that physicians and staff check it before giving medications. It’s critical that the right patient gets the right medication, test or treatment—and this is one way we make sure that happens.

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