ideas have been implemented within the Kaiser hospital systems
in California and Hawaii,
and many other hospitals across the country and the world.
Permanente hospitals have certainly been leaders in seeing that the use of the visible
symbol and other protocol works in reducing medication errors by
decreasing distractions and interruptions for nurses. Kaiser continues to see an
decrease in medication errors with the vest or sash.
Board of Nursing has recommended reducing distractions and
interruptions using this process in one of their
The process does work and does reduce medication errors.
Nurses are happier, get their work done faster, and are more
with having time for other activities.
the Innovation on the AHRQ site.
Additional research studies have
demonstrated a direct link to medication errors from distractions
information on the MedSafe protocol, please email
LLC is a resource for the visible symbol in the form of a vest
that slips easily over the head and tears away if desired. It is
light weight and cool. Other safety products are available at this
site. This company designed their vest based on the vest at
the right and patented the vest.