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.”