The results of the 2014 Hospital Emergency Code Survey, conducted by the California Hospital Association (CHA), are now available.
The 2014 survey is the third survey conducted in the past five years, with previous surveys taking place in 2009 and 2011. The 2014 report incorporates data from the previous surveys, and the findings reveal sustained progress in hospital emergency code implementation among California health care facilities.
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.”
The complete results of the 2011 Hospital Emergency Code Standardization Survey, conducted by the California Hospital Association (CHA) in partnership with the regional associations, is now available.The survey assessed statewide hospital emergency code usage and revealed improved code consistency among facilities.
Hospital associations have advocated for the adoption of a standardized code system for more than a decade. Currently, 21 state hospital associations have similar programs with only one—Maryland—legally mandated. Three national health care organizations also provide standards—American Hospital Association, US Army Medical Command, and Hospital Emergency Incident Command.
The final results of the survey illustrate ongoing progress in hospital emergency code implementation among California health care facilities.