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The Value of Color-Coded Bracelets

Jewelry has been given with the hope of saving a troubled relationship and it may now be used to save lives in hospitals with standardized, color-coded wristbands identifying a patient’s condition. Purple, the color of amethyst, will mean “do not resuscitate,” with red (or ruby) indicating allergies, yellow (amber) meaning someone it at risk of falling, and green to signal “no blood transfusions.”

Problems could arise if patients come in sporting their own colored, silicone wristbands as yellow-banded Lance Armstrong supporters might find themselves in beds with railings to prevent their falling, while someone with a red Steven Colbert wristband could be presumed to have allergies and be restricted from eating peanuts.

The colored bracelet system would be a useful time-saver at parties, cutting back on all the getting-to-know you chitchat. A purple bracelet could be worn by those wanting to announce, “I prefer my own kind,” while red lets you know this is someone with anger-management issues, yellow for a person admitting to be a coward, and green for the Whole Food, pesticide-free vegans.

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