Hospital codes are codes used in hospitals to alert staff to various emergencies. The use of codes is intended to convey essential information quickly and with minimal misunderstanding to staff, while preventing stress and panic among the visitors to the hospital.
The meaning of a specific color code can vary from one hospital to another hospital. At this page, the meanings of the codes at Seattle Grace Hospital (and the hospitals later established in the building) and St. Ambrose Hospital are listed.
Code black means that there is a bomb inside the hospital.
- It's the End of the World: Code black was only called once at Seattle Grace Hospital when a patient was admitted with a self-made, unexploded bomb inside his body which later exploded.
Code blue indicates that a patient requires resuscitation or is otherwise in need of immediate medical attention, most often as the result of a respiratory or cardiac arrest.
Code pink is called when a child or infant has gone missing. After this code is called, all entrances and exits of the hospital are locked or guarded until the entire hospital has been searched.
- The Girl with No Name: Bailey ordered a nurse to call code pink when her son was missing from daycare, though the code was called off when Tuck reappeared. It turned out a nurse took him away briefly to take care of his nosebleed.
- You Don't Know What You've Got Till It's Gone: a code pink was called when Sarah Nelson disappeared from the St. Ambrose Hospital ER.
- There's a Fine, Fine Line: Alex pressured Bailey to call a Code Pink when Gage Dean, who was involved in a custody battle, disappeared within the hospital.
Code Red is called when there is a fire in the hospital.
- Something to Talk About: During a CABG, the patient's heart spontaneously caught on fire.
Code Yellow is called when there is a large disaster, and many people are injured and coming to the hospital.
- You Haven't Done Nothin': An apartment building collapsed, which sent dozens of injured people to Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital.
Code Orange is a code relating to a staff member being in danger.
Notes and TriviaEdit
- While personnel is supposed to know the codes by heart, the interns weren't aware of the meaning of code black.