BEND, Ore. — A hospital in central Oregon has removed the gender designation from patient identification bracelets, The Lewiston Tribune reports.
The Bulletin newspaper in Bend reported the St. Charles Health System adopted the change last month. The ID bracelet is designed to provide caregivers an easy way to identify patients based on two distinct identifiers.
“It was something that everybody felt had to be on there because it was always on there,” Rebecca Scrafford, a psychologist at St. Charles told the Tribune. “It’s providing no benefit, but it’s causing harm.”
The ID bracelet is designed to provide caregivers an easy way to identify patients based on two distinct identifiers. But staff generally check the patient’s name and date of birth, not gender.
Until recently, the hospital’s record system did not distinguish between sex assigned at birth, legal gender and gender identity. The ID bracelet had been showing the patient’s legal name and sex assigned at birth, the Tribune reports.