Hospital Emergency Codes & Fire Safety

Code Gray
Purpose: combative or disruptive person is confronting hospital staff
Reporting: dial 3000; provide name and location
Responding: go to location, if in the area
-many people makes a person less combative

Code Blue
Purpose: medical emergency
Reporting: dial 3000, provide patient’s name/age/location
Responding: follow instructions from nurse or hospital employee

Code Red
Purpose: fire
Reporting: dial 3000, active a Code Red when you see/smell sustained smoke or flame
Responding: close all doors in the area (including patient room doors)- KEEP HALLWAYS CLEAR
Follow RACE
R-escue
A-larm and dial 3000 (provide name/location)
C-onfine (by closing doors and windows)
E-xtinguish/evacuate

Code Orange
Purpose: hazardous materials spill
Reporting: dial 3000, provide name and location
Responding: do not attempt to clean up manually; assume hazardous chemical agents; try to block off area

Code Amber
Purpose: missing child, newborn, through age 17
Reporting: dial 3000, provide name and location
Responding: guard entrance/exit; look for suspicious things (unattended duffle bags)
Prevention: nurses must always use bassinets; make sure all visitors have a badge

Code Purple
Purpose: missing adult patient
Reporting: dial 3000, provide name and location; report to Security/Public Safety
Responding: look for suspicious situations

Code Yellow
Purpose: bomb threat; if you receive a call, try to get as much information as possible (where is it located? what does it look like? when is it set to go off?)
Reporting: dial 3000, provide name and location
Responding: look for suspicious situations

Code Silver
Purpose: person with a weapon or hostage situation
Reporting: dial 3000, provide name and location
Responding: DO NOT go to the location; follow instructions from nurse or hospital employee

Triage
Disaster either internal/external
Large patient infux

RRT
Rapid Response Team
Less severe than a Code Blue
Preventative code

“Mr. North”
Purpose: threatening visitor or co-worker
Reporting: dial 3000, use “Mr. North” in a sentence to secretly signal for security STAT; provide location

Code Jack
Purpose: patient or visitors who have fallen to the floor
Reporting: dial 3000, special team to respond

Code BART
Purpose: Brain Attack Response Team; patient with a new stroke
Reporting: dial 3000, provide name and location
Responding: follow instructions from nurse of hospital employee

Fire Safety Acronym (other than RACE)
P-ull
A-I’m
S-queeze handle
S-weep back and forth

Classes of Fires
-electrical
-combustible
-flammable liquids
ABC fire extinguishers are effective against all 3 major classes

Fire Triangle
3 things needed for fire to burn:
-oxygen
-fuel
-heat

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