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Code calls eliminated in Missouri hospitals

Hospital Safety Insider, May 1, 2014

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About 90% of the hospitals in Missouri have begun implementing a new emergency announcement system that will do away with the traditional "color code calls" found in many hospitals.
 
Instead, in the event of an emergency that requires the attention of large numbers of staff or facility visitors, announcements will feature plain language that clearly identifies the emergency and gives directions on what to do.
 
The new system, a plan that started as a recommendation from the Missouri Hospital Association (MHA), was implemented January 1 by 136 of the state's 154 hospitals. Similar program have been successfully implemented in several other states as well.
 
This is an excerpt from an article in the May issue of Briefings on Hospital Safety. Visit here to log in or subscribe.
 



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