>"At hospitals, as at Tiffany’s, ruby-colored bracelets are far preferable to amethyst.
New York’s 11 public hospitals are at the forefront of a national movement to standardize color coding of hospital wristbands to designate patient conditions, in which purple — the color of amethyst — means “Do Not Resuscitate.”
Red, or ruby, indicates allergies, while yellow — call it amber — marks someone at risk for falling."
I will be shocked if this movement does not spawn a fashion trend, given the current ubiquity of colored bracelets commemorating everything from surviving cancer to preserving Social Security. I know that yellow is for the Lance Armstrong Foundation, but I couldn’t tell you anything about any other color.
I'm going to have to get one of the purple “DNR” ones to wear around the Office.