Leaders who have successfully harmonized their emergency codes will speak on lessons learned from this vital issue. With the frequency and severity of active shooter events, healthcare facility terrorism, and natural disasters striking healthcare institutions, coordination of the communication of emergency codes is critical. The discussion of the “how to” harmonize emergency codes and implementing plain language and simple text principles to improve effectiveness will be discussed. Stories illustrating how confusion regarding codes can lead to preventable deaths will be shared.
Dr. Bill Scharf and his colleagues at OSF have successfully accomplished harmonization of emergency codes across their health system and will share their experience. James Mitchell and Aaron Freedkin of Texas Children’s Hospital will describe their journey to harmonizing their emergency codes and moving to plain language for the world’s largest children’s hospital.
In our reactor panel, Chief Bill Adcox, Inspector Vickie King, and Dr. Greg Botz of MD Anderson Cancer Center will discuss the importance of standardization at major medical centers where multiple institutions share common sky walkways and common areas as well as have caregivers and staff who rotate through multiple areas where differing emergency codes are used. Jennifer Dingman will discuss the perspectives of the patient and the family.
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