CHA News Article

CHA Launches Hospital Emergency Code Survey
Deadline to respond is Aug. 15

CHA, in partnership with the Regional Associations, is conducting a survey of hospital emergency codes in California. The associations recognize that many hospitals and health systems may be in the process of updating their organizations’ emergency codes. Periodic surveys provide aggregate data revealing current trends that may be helpful in updating the codes.

Standardization and uniformity of emergency codes can assist hospitals by reducing potential confusion among staff responding to emergency incidents and potentially facilitating communication between hospitals and public safety authorities during regional or statewide natural disasters or terrorist incidents. Health care workers may practice or work in more than one facility, and most likely will change employers throughout their health care careers; therefore, having standard emergency codes that are easily recognized and understood among health care facilities benefits patients, visitors, workers and hospitals.

In addition to emergency code use, CHA notes the importance of hospitals using clear text or common language consistent with the National Incident Management System (NIMS).

New questions specific to active shooter planning — valuable information in helping hospitals manage their emergency services — have been added to this survey. The survey should take approximately 20 minutes to complete, and the results will be made available to hospitals. All hospitals are encouraged to participate. The survey deadline is Aug. 15.

To access the survey, visit www.surveymonkey.com/s/2014ECodeSurvey.

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