These are just a few of the practices identified by AARP and Leapfrog:
- a program through which each day, a nurse assess patients for their fall risks and gives high-risk patient yellow slippers which identify them as being at a high risk for falling;
- bar codes on medications and patients' wristbands to ensure patients receive the right medications;
- a "time out towel" placed on the instrument stand in the operating room to remind staff to follow standardized procedures; and
- a "red zone" prohibiting staff from interrupting nurses who are dispensing medication.