[Fr. code, fr. L. codex, book]
1. A collection of rules and regulations or specifications.
2. A set of symbols that communicate information to people who understand them or conceal it from those who do not.
3. A form of message used in transmitting information in a hospital, esp. when the information is broadcast over a public address system. For instance, “code blue” or “code 9” could indicate a particular type of emergency to an emergency care team. SEE TABLE: Hospital Emergency Codes; SEE: code cart; SEE: code drug
4. A system of symbols that represents information contained in a computer data bank.
Hospital Emergency Codes
|Type of Emergency||Commonly Used Hospital Paging Terminologies||Services Needed|
|Adult needing life support||Code Blue; Code 99||Advanced cardiac life support|
|Bioterrorism alert||Code Zebra||Treat as Mass Casualty Incident; notify Department of Homeland Security and State Health Department|
|Bomb threat||Code Black; Code Yellow; Code 10||Evacuation of building; security staff; local police and fire departments|
|Doctor needed urgently||Code Green||Presence of available medical staff—often, Emergency Department or Intensive Care Unit physicians|
|Fire in the facility||Code Red||Available maintenance and security staff; fire extinguishers|
|Infant abduction||Code Stork (Sometimes called Code Pink, but see below)||Blockade of all entries to and exits from the hospital|
|Infant requiring life support||Code Pink||Practitioners trained in neonatal or pediatric life support|
|Multiple Casualty Incident||Code Triage; Code Amber||All available personnel to assist in triaging and treating the sick and wounded; hospital-wide emergency strategies implemented|
|Potentially violent person on premises||Code Strong; Doctor Strong; Code Grey; Code Silver; Code North||Show of force by security personnel and others; hospital supervisor|
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