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We are going to utilize yellow slippers to stay consistent with the “banding with color “initiative in Pa.

Eileen E. Jaskuta
Vice President Nursing and Quality
Mercy Suburban Hospital

From: patientsafety-l@LISTSERV.NPSF.ORG [mailto:patientsafety-l@LISTSERV.NPSF.ORG] On Behalf Of Shirley Young
Sent: Tuesday, July 17, 2007 6:57 PM
To: PATIENTSAFETY-L@LISTSERV.NPSF.ORG
Subject: Re: [NPSF-PATIENTSAFETY-L] Fall prevention strategies

Although there is no evidence in the literature for the use of red slippers, a few of our northern California facilities use red, nonskid slipper-socks for patients "at risk" for falls. They are easier to spot than an armband. If left on when the patient is in bed, the red foot on or over the siderail provides a "red flag" to anyone passing the patient's room. Red slippers as an indicator of falls risk is easy for ancillary/support departments to remember because the visual reminder is on the patient & on an area of the body that is not readily covered by robes & blankets. Wrist bands & labels on charts are more easily overlooked.

Thanks,
Shirley M. Young, RN, MS, CPHRM
Patient Safety - Kaiser Permanente, NCal
1950 Franklin St, 14th floor, Lakeside
Oakland, CA
(510) 987-4156 [Tie line 8-427-4156]

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07/17/2007 12:13 PM

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Mistake-proofing category: Mistake prevention in the work environment, Mistake prevention, mistake detection, preventing the influence of mistakes
Setting function: Physical, sequencing, grouping and counting, information enhancement
Regulatory function: Sensory Alert, Warning, Shutdown, Forced Control
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