Vet Dies After VA Gave Him Wrong Treatment Wristband

A patient at a California Veterans Affairs hospital died after nurses incorrectly put a “do not resuscitate” wristband on him, according to a federal watchdog.

Nurses at a VA Northern California Health Care System facility in Mather, California, used a wristband with the wrong treatment code, which contributing to the death of the elderly veteran, the VA Office of Inspector General said in a report requested by Rep. Ami Bera, D-Calif., and released Tuesday.

“We substantiated that the patient’s wristband had the incorrect code status of Do Not Resuscitate/Do not Intubate printed on it and that staff did not verify the wristband code status during the patient’s nine-day hospital stay,” the IG said. “We substantiated that the incorrect code status on the patient’s wristband led to a delay in life-saving intervention.”