Prep Step: Hospital Emergency Codes

Code Gray
(grumpy patient)
– Combative or disruptive patient is confronting hospital staff
– Reporting: Dial #3000, provide name and location
-Responding: Go to location, if in area

Code Red
-Fire
-Reporting: Dial #3000, activate when you see/smell sustained smoke or flame
-Responding: Close all doors to area (including patient room doors), Follow RACE

RACE
Rescue
Alarm and Dial 3000
Confine (close doors and windows)
Extinguish/Evacuate

Code Blue
– Adult medical emergency (+14 yrs)
– Reporting: Dial #3000, provide name and location
– Responding: follow instructions from nurse or hospital employee

Code White
– Child/Pediatric CPR (3 months – 13 yrs)
– Reporting: Dial #3000, provide name and location
– Responding: Follow instructions from nurse or hospital employee

Code Orange
– 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
– Infant/Child Abduction
– Reporting: Dial #3000, provide name and location
– Responding: Guard entrance/exit
Look for suspicious things (e.g. unattended duffle bags)
– Prevention: Nurses must always use bassinets
Make sure all visitors have a badge

Code Purple
– Missing Adult Patient (14+)
– Reporting: Dial #3000, provide name and location, report to security/public safety
– Responding: Look for suspicious situations

Code Yellow
– Bomb Threat
– If you receive a call, get as much info 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
– 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 Internal/External

Code Bart
Stroke

Code Jack
Patient/visitor fall

Mr. North
Threatening individual, visitor or employee

Code Surge Alert
ED saturation

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