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Tri-City Hospitals Ahead of the Curve on Patient Safety Across the State

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KENNEWICK, Wash.-- Many Washington hospitals are just now changing to some standard safety measures the same ones many people have been offered in the Tri-Cities for a couple years.

Members from the Tri-Cities Patient Safety Coalition met on Tuesday to talk about them. All hospitals statewide will now have the same surgical checklists and isolation precautions.

But also the same emergency code calls and color coded wristbands. The Washington Hospital Association is asking all hospitals to change to these new measures by October of this year.

Hospital staff say patient safety is their number one goal.

"The wristband colors, particularly the purple do not resuscitate is vital to the care of the patient, we certainly don't want to provide resuscitation for a patient who does not wish it," said Becky Fuller, Patient Safety Officer at Kadlec Medical Center in Richland.

"As well as having the code blue, emergency code for respiratory or cardiac arrest is a top priority, because if a patient has that sort of emergency, we want the right people to respond," said Kathleen Nordquist, Patient Safety Officer at Kennewick General Hospital in Kennewick.

Patient Safety Coalition staff say Tri-City hospitals still share some of the same staff. So standardizing procedures is very important to lower the risk of an accident.