In the past five years Allied Services has led two patient safety initiatives that have been adopted at facilities nationwide. In 2006, Allied Services Scranton Rehabilitation Hospital led a task force of 12 local hospitals in developing the first standardized tool kit addressing color-coded patient wristbands. This ?Color of Safety? toolkit was adopted and published by the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority and has been available on their website since August 2006. The committee?s toolkit has served as the basis for the nation-wide standardization toolkits developed by all other states and subsequently by the American Hospital Association. Protocols developed by the committee are now being used in hospitals nationwide as well as the army and naval hospitals of the United States of America Department of Defense. The team received the 2007 Hospital Association of Pennsylvania?s Achievement Award in Patient Safety as well as its 2007 Innovation Award for the Colors of Safety initiative.
In 2010, Allied Services designed and developed the nation?s first EVAC sticker. This green reflective sticker may be placed on the windows of homes, alerting EMS responders of the need for special evacuation measures. The response to the stickers has been very positive. We received thousands to sticker requests from individuals, EMS teams, and other organizations from across the country. Allied Services has partnered with these other facilities and allowed them to co-brand the stickers for use in their communities. The Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority published information on the stickers on their website.