Hospital ID Bracelets

  1. I have a question for the more experienced nurses than me. I am a new to the floor as a nurse.

    The other day we had a female patient who was transferred from a different hospital. She still had her ID bracelets on from the previous hospital and their was one that caught me off guard it was Orange and it had DFS on it. (printed not hand written) Our hospital does not have these. What does DFS stand for, any background for it? I am just wanting to know I have no knowledge of these.
    Last edit by Kris199699 on Sep 2, '16
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    About Kris199699, CNA, LVN, RN

    Joined: Sep '16; Posts: 2; Likes: 1
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    Specialty: 3 year(s) of experience

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  3. by   Rose_Queen
    Couldn't tell you, but this is why my facility has the policy of removing any and all bands that aren't ours as soon as the patient has been admitted. Part of the reason why I think that all armbands should be standardized nationwide.
  4. by   Kris199699
    I believe that all bands should be the save nation wide also. I just hate all the confusion. Our hospital uses the bands from previous hospitals long enough for the system here to get ours made to get the others cut off and our put on. I just have never seen a bracelet like that one. i have even tried googling the bracket and I am yet to find any information. I asked other nurses at my job if they have seen one like it and they haven't.
  5. by   mmc51264
    the only ones I don't cut off are the ones that are on pts from LTC, they are hard plastic and obviously from a LTC facility. Have no idea what "DFS" could stand for
  6. by   meanmaryjean
    "Don't Forget to Smile"?
  7. by   Been there,done that
    Perhaps the department of family services is involved.

    Why don't you call the previous facility, and ask them?
  8. by   KRVRN
    Quote from Been there,done that
    Perhaps the department of family services is involved.

    Why don't you call the previous facility, and ask them?
    and then tell us!
  9. by   blondy2061h
    It could be a code for what service or physician group was caring for her
  10. by   xoemmylouox
    Now I really want to know! You must find out and let us know.
  11. by   PedNephNurse
    I tried looking for an answer online and the only thing I came up with was Department of Family Services lol - which someone mentioned above. I have no idea!
  12. by   RestlessHeart
    Quote from PedNephNurse
    I tried looking for an answer online and the only thing I came up with was Department of Family Services lol - which someone mentioned above. I have no idea!
    I see it used a lot in reference to Breast Cancer survivors....but here is a link that may help...or may not.

    hospital wristband color meaning - Google Search

    I also see where it stands for Disease Free Survival (DFS)
  13. by   nutella
    DSF stands for Double Frappuchino for Sure ....
  14. by   djh123
    This is why I'm not a fan of acronyms, especially those that we don't "all" know - and I just put that in quotes because even with some of the most common ones, if it's not used in your nursing specialty (or maybe even in your facility), you may not know what it means.

    Actual words are a lot harder to confuse (but are still, sometimes).

    DFS?

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    ...
    Last edit by djh123 on Sep 3, '16

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