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Wristbands help staff keep an eye on patients
San Diego Union-Tribune

The legacy of Thomas Vera, the 57-year-old man who wandered from his hospital bed on May 27 and fell to his death in a nearby canyon, can be seen today on the wrists of some current patients at UC San Diego Health System hospitals.

About 17 patients per day at the university’s two hospitals in Hillcrest and La Jolla now wear special orange wristbands designed to provide hospital staff, from doctors to orderlies, a visual clue that they should not be roaming the halls without a care giver or family member at their side.