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Hospital Emergency Codes

Hospital Emergency Codes

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Hospital Emergency Codes are used in hospitals worldwide to alert staff to various emergency situations. The use of codes is intended to convey essential information quickly and with a minimum of misunderstanding to staff, while preventing stress or panic among visitors to the hospital. These codes may be posted on placards throughout the hospital, or printed on employee/staff identification badges for ready reference. The back of a hospital ID badge shows disaster codes. Hospital emergency codes are frequently coded by color, and the color codes denote different events at different hospitals and are not universal.

Common Codes

Code Black

  • In US Military hospitals and some civilian hospitals, Code Black indicates mass casualty or other public health threat. In this case, all doctors are ordered to return to the hospitals.

Code Blue

  • Generally is used to indicate a patient requiring immediate resuscitation, most often as the result of a cardiac arrest. May also be used as a radio call to indicate that a patient en route to the hospital requires resuscitation. "Code Blue - Adult" or " - Pediatric" are sometimes used to provide additional information about the patient.

Code Pink

  • Normally, indicates an infant or child abduction.

Code Green

  • All Clear - resume normal duties.

Code Red

  • A fire disaster is occurring or underway.

References


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Hospital Emergency Codes by Wikipedia

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Hospital Emergency Codes

Hospital Emergency Codes

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