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A 62-year-old man was transferred from an outside hospital for evaluation of a complicated spinal infection. Like many patients, he had colorcoded wristbands to help identify potential safety hazards (see Fig. 1 ). The patient, an educated and alert individual, could describe the indications for only 3 of the 5 wristbands, and the transferring hospital supplied no legend. As it turned out, the green band represented a fall risk, the red one a drug allergy alert, and the purple one a tapedoi:10.1002/jhm.254 pmid:18081179 fatcat:fvdaea6xdbd4pli27an4escooi