Updated Guide for Health Care Emergency Codes Now Available
The Hospital Association of Southern California (HASC) Safety &
Security Committee and AllHealth Security Services have released
an updated version of the Health Care Emergency Codes guide. The
copyrighted information is available at no charge for any
hospital seeking to implement uniform emergency code standards
for their facility. Hospitals can even personalize the guide to
their specific needs using the Word version of the document.
The guide was originally created after the committee surveyed
California hospitals in 2006 and discovered there was little
uniformity for responding to emergency situations. The committee
determined it was vital for hospitals to implement uniform
methods of dealing with specific emergency scenarios, to help
ensure the safety of patients and staff members – no matter where
they work or seek care.
In addition to providing standardized emergency codes, the guide
also offers suggested “best practice” actions and procedures for
responding to each code.
The updated guide ensures compliance and conformity to the
National Incident Management System (NIMS), Hospital Incident
Command System (HICSi), The Joint Commission and other regulatory
and accrediting agencies. The updated guide includes the
following new code “Code Green” for patient elopement – and “Code
Triage” was expanded to include an “Alert.”