What do all the color codes in a hospital mean?

and does code black really mean there's someone with explosives inside him?
Answers:    The codes can vary from hospital to hospital. Sometimes they don't even use colors as the coding. I asked my mother-in-law, a nurse, about this (after seeing it used on Grey's Anatomy) and she said that a code black is for a bomb/ explosives scare. It doesn't necessarily mean the explosives are in the body, though. Hope this helps!
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lol. like a homo with a dynamite fetish?
all i know is blue is bad
I think that code red mean fire.
Code blue I think means medical emergency
Code black is some kind of attack from evil people

I know that they have a meaning, but I cannot say what they all mean.
It varies from hospital to hospital, but code blue is an adult respiratory or cardiac arrest, code red is fire, code black is for tornado, etc.
Different hospitals have different codes but I know that Code Blue is the standard for cardiac arrest.

When my dad was in hospital in February, I head a Code Pink which was a missing new baby alert.

I don't know about Code Black,
Code black means bomb. There are too many to type out, but look here...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/hospital_em...
Code Amber can denote:
-a theft or armed robber. (Texas Tech University Health Services Center)
-a child or infant abduction. (New Jersey Hospital Association)

Code Black is used differently in different hospitals.

-It may refer to a bomb threat or a bomb being discovered in a workplace.
-In US Military hospitals, Code Black is the medical emergency term for mass casualties, as from an epidemic or other public health threat.
-In Australia Australian Standard 3745-2002, "Emergency control organization and procedures for buildings, structures and workplaces" defines a code black as a personal threat. This incorporates a diverse range of situations including assaults, confrontations, hostage situations and threats of personal injury or attack.
-Often, especially in the Mid-West of the USA, it denotes severe weather, especially Tornados.

Code Blue is often used to represent a real or suspected imminent loss of life — the patient has stopped breathing and their heart has stopped beating. CPR should be initiated immediately. The Advanced Cardiac Life Support protocol described by the American Heart Association should be initiated as soon as medical personnel, trained in its use, are on the scene. ACLS involves securing the airway with an endotracheal tube to provide airflow directly to the lungs, as well as assessment of the need of cardiac interventions, injection of appropriate medications and defibrillation ("shock") of the heart when indicated.

"Code Blue - Adult" or " - Pediatric" are sometimes used to specify an adult-related or child-related "Code Blue". HASC based changes have suggested these codes be replaced by "Code Blue" and "Code White", respectively.


Code Brown can denote a number of things.

-Severe weather. (Texas Tech University Health Services Center).
-External Emergency. (Australian Standard.)
A patient who has experienced fecal incontinence (unofficial but common usage).


Code Gray denotes a combative person with no weapon under HASC suggestions.
Code Gray can also denote imminent severe weather in the Midwest.


Code Green can denote a number of things

-A combative person using physical force, especially weapons. (American Hospitals)
-Internal disaster. (Texas Tech University Health Services Center)
-Leave location - OK to proceed


Code Orange can denote a number of things.

-It is the Australian Standard for Evacuation.
-It is also an emergency status term used in certain hospitals to denote a bomb threat or a bomb being discovered within the hospital.


Code Pink can denote infant/child abduction.



Code Purple can denote child abduction, may be replaced by Code Pink.
-Australian Standard for Bomb or Substance alert.


Code Red usually denotes a fire in the building. A variant, typically when a fire is isolated, is an announcement "Paging Dr. Red". "Paging Dr. Red, 5 East" means the fire is on 5 East.

-It can also describe an emergency in which the emergency department reaches its patient limit (a status sometimes called "Total Divert", "triage situation" or "Saturation Alert") where a hospital has to redirect ambulances to other hospitals that still have capacity for additional patients.
-In some hospitals, it is used for a general surgical patient who needs advanced life support, as distinct from Code Blue for medical patients who need advanced life support.


Code Silver denotes a combative person with a weapon under HASC suggestions.



Code Yellow can mean a number of things.

-It is the recommended term used for a bomb threat in many California hospitals according to the HASC handbook and recommended by the New Jersey Healthcare Emergency Codes.
-It is the new Australian Standard for Internal Disasters for a building.
A patient who has experienced urinary incontinence (unofficial but common usage).
-In some trauma centers, it is a page for the emergency response trauma team, typically when a trauma patient is in imminent danger of death.
I'm sure it's different for every hospital but these are the ones at the hospital my mother works at.

Red = fire
Blue= Medical Emergency
Purple= Patient Elopement
White= Infant Emergency
Dr. Dickinson = Abduction
Gray = Acute Stroke
Pink= infant abduction.
S.A.M = Intervention
Yellow= Disaster
Orange = Security
Dr. Decon = Decontamination
Black = Weather Alert
Green= All Clear

R.A.C.E = Rescue-Alert-Contain-Evacuate

P.A.S.S. - Pull-Aim-Squeeze-Sweep

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