2 doctors weighed in:

Why do they give me a wristband in the emergency room?

2 doctors weighed in
Brian Fishman
Emergency Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Safety

You get a wristband whenever you're in the hospital as a patient, not just in the er. This is to make sure you're the correct person and to avoid mistakes like giving you the wrong medication or giving another patient medication that was meant for you.
Having the id bracelet is simply a matter of safety and security.

In brief: Safety

You get a wristband whenever you're in the hospital as a patient, not just in the er. This is to make sure you're the correct person and to avoid mistakes like giving you the wrong medication or giving another patient medication that was meant for you.
Having the id bracelet is simply a matter of safety and security.
Brian Fishman
Brian Fishman
Answer assisted by Brian Fishman, Medical Student
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. William Forsythe
Board Certified, Emergency Medicine
23 years in practice
171K people helped
Continue
108,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors