Exciting news from Physicians Regional:
Physicians Regional Healthcare System is planning on implementing a new system to identify persons with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.
The proposed system features a grey wristband labeled as: “non-decision maker.” This would be given to all dementia patients at Physicians Regional hospitals to help identify their condition. The need for this is clear. A person with dementia cannot be relied upon to give accurate and complete information regarding their current condition and their medical history.
Think of the important questions you are asked in the hospital: What medications are you currently taking? Do you have any drug allergies? Have you had any surgeries? For a person with Alzheimer’s these questions can be impossible to answer correctly. Providing clear, unmistakable identification of a person with Alzheimer’s allows the hospital staff to understand these questions must be asked of a family member or a caregiver. In addition, it will allow the staff to modify their approach. It will be understood that a person wearing a grey wristband will not be able to follow directions. The hospital staff will easily identify these patients and be sensitive to their special needs.
Physicians Regional is also planning on placing a grey sheet with health care surrogate contact information and a grey sticker in the front of the chart of an Alzheimer’s patient to help the identification process.
These proposed changes are due in large part to the spirited and determined efforts of Maria Schiller. We at the Alzheimer’s Support Network thank Maria and Gina for this and applaud Physicians Regional for these proposed changes.
If you would like to help ensure these proposals become a reality, please add your name to the Petition below.
A Guide to Hospital Visits for Individuals with Memory Loss [National Institute on Aging]
the idea of hospital wristbands must be supported and implemented by the
hospitals themselves. Ideally the entire staff would be trained not only on the
identification process but also how to treat a person with dementia. Until that
day comes, we are not waiting.
Dr. Allen Weis (President and CEO of NCH Health Care System)
and Mark Milner talk about Grey Wristband Concept.
Dr. Michael Gloth from Nov 6th 2012:
Dementia Sensitivity and Hospital Wristbands