New York Times Letter to the Editor:
Color-Coded Bracelets Face Hurdles asThey Fix Hospital Hazard


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To the Editor:
Re "Color-Coded Bracelets Face Hurdles as They Fix Hospital Hazard" (front page, Sept. 25):



You report that "some hospitals have also had problems with colored bracelets that patients bring from home, like the ubiquitous yellow Lance Armstrong 'Livestrong' bracelets."
A solution to that problem and the problem of different colored wristbands at other hospitals might be taken from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's rail commuter tickets. These tickets have the M.T.A. logo staggered across the colored field.
A hospital might imprint its own logo as a pattern on the wristband, avoiding the visual confusion with decorative or fund-raising wristbands. Chris Lent
New York, Oct. 1, 2008
The writer is the manager of the Louis and Jeanette Brooks Engineering Design Center at Cooper Union.
 



(Image from New York Times)

http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2008/09/25/nyregion/25bracelets-600a.jpg



Dear Mx. Kxxxx,

A beautiful job of editing.

I am honored.

Please publish the edited version

Chris Lent



My original version follows:


Dear Editors,

Regarding Anemona Hartocollis, "Hospital Bracelets Face Hurdles as
They Fix Hazard", Thursday, September 25, 2008, pp. A1+A21.

To help avoid confusion with Lance Armstrong "Livestrong" bracelet,
and those wristbands of other hospitals, a solution might be taken
from the MTA's rail commuter ticket.  These tickets have a  MTA logo
staggered across the colored field.  A hospital might imprint their
own logo as a pattern on the wristband, avoiding the visual confusion
with decorative or fundraising wristbands.  A further benefit would be
for the unfortunate patient who manages to leave the hospital in an
altered state.  The authorities would have an easier time finding the
patient's hospital.

Kudos to Mr.Chester Higgins Jr. for his striking graphic for the
article.  Excellent work.


In response to:
Anemona Hartocollis, "Hospital Bracelets Face Hurdles as They Fix
Hazard" New York Times 24 Sept. 2008
<http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/25/nyregion/25bracelets.html>


References:

Web version of article:
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/25/nyregion/25bracelets.html

Images of different MTA monthly passes:

Monthly mailed ticket:
http://www.mta.info/lirr/pubs/MailAndRide/MailAndRide.jpg
Vending machine printed ticket:
http://trainjotting.files.wordpress.com/2007/11/ipass.jpg

MTA's ticket info:
http://www.mta.info/lirr/pubs/MailAndRide/

Sincerely,
Chris Lent
<Insert my email address here>
Adjunct Associate Professor of Computer Science,
Advisor to First-Year Engineering Students,
Manager, Louis and Jeanette Brooks Engineering Design Center (BEDC)
Tel: +1.212.353.XXXX