Wristbands are encircling strips worn on the wrist or lower forearm. The term can be used to refer to a bracelet-like band, similar to that of a wristwatch, to the cuff or other part of a sleeve that covers the wrist, or decorative or functional bands worn on the wrist for many different reasons. Wristbands are often worn and used similarly to event passes such as lanyards to information or allow people entry to events. These wristbands are made from loops of plastic that are placed around the wrist and are used for identification purposes (demonstrating the wearer's authorization to be at a venue, for example).
Hospital wristbands are a commonly used safety device for identifying patients undergoing medical care (see patient safety and medical identification tag). Available in a variety of sizes to accommodate patients as small as newborns and as large as obese adults, hospital wristbands can be handwritten, embossed, laser-printed or thermal-imaged with names, pictures, medical record numbers, barcodes and other personal identifiers.
Laser printing and thermal imaging—the most advanced technologies for personalizing hospital wristbands—support fonts, colors and barcodes for improved patient safety through electronic patient and medication tracking.
Colored wristbands are often given to people attending events such as music festivals and gigs, as an access control measure. Counterfeit wristbands are increasingly common.
Silicone Wristbands(some times referred to as Gel bracelets) are popular for fundraising or showing support for a cause. Custom wristbands are usually created by an event organizer and given out or sold to others interested in the event or supporting the cause.
Some people keep the wristbands as souvenirs or wear the wristbands after the event to show what events they went to.