Codes you wish you could call

  1. While walking through one of my odiferous (?sp) units last night I began to wonder about all the possible codes we could call for the many things that happen in our hospitals, Just a quick way to communicate to all the units an update on what's happening in your world. How about a

    DR. STINKY
    DR. BROWN (we talk about this one alot)
    DR. DUMBA**
    DR. FDGB (fall down go boom)

    CODE TOBASH (you ER nurses know this one, take out back and shoot in head)
    Dr. GOMER or DR. GOMERE

    What codes would you like to use?
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  2. 8 Comments

  3. by   VivaLasViejas
    "Paging Dr. Strong, Room 205"--at one hospital where I worked, we actually used this one, which was our code for Violent Patient/family member/ER nutcase etc. It meant every available staff member was to get their butt to the scene of the disturbance on the double!! :chuckle
  4. by   RN4NICU
    Quote from mjlrn97
    "Paging Dr. Strong, Room 205"--at one hospital where I worked, we actually used this one, which was our code for Violent Patient/family member/ER nutcase etc. It meant every available staff member was to get their butt to the scene of the disturbance on the double!! :chuckle
    Last couple of places I've worked at, this was paged as a "Code Green" I thought that one was a standard now. If not, it should be. They paged it almost every day, it seemed like. Not as effective as a nice Valium lick in all the waiting rooms (and at least one per hall for med/surg floors) would be, but at least it is something.
  5. by   CCURN
    We of course have the famous code brown, and then there is code pink (stollen baby), Dr Blue, Orange alert, alert red, capacity alert and code 22 (crazy pt).
  6. by   sharann
    Codes I WISH I could call? OH BOY!
    - Code STUPID
    - Code TRIPLE P (piss poor protoplasm)...this refers to staff as well so dont get on me
    -Code Spanglish (when the nurse knows as uch Spanish as the pt knows English)
    - Code Roto rooter (for those plumbing problems...pulled out tubes everywhere)
  7. by   KaroSnowQueen
    At our facility, if a patient (or visitor) is getting violent, we page Dr. Quick. If the violent person has a weapon of any sort, we page Dr. Quick, STAT.

    I do wish there was a code for "crybaby dr tantrum". We have one doc known for his temper tantrums. Once last fall I watched him RIP pages out of a chart, saying, What is this s***", threw the whole chart on the floor and cursed and went on. Then he picked up the phone and called somebody, another doc? and talked about this f***ing idiot resident, and not in a calm quiet tone either.
  8. by   kat911
    Quote from KaroSnowQueen
    At our facility, if a patient (or visitor) is getting violent, we page Dr. Quick. If the violent person has a weapon of any sort, we page Dr. Quick, STAT.

    I do wish there was a code for "crybaby dr tantrum". We have one doc known for his temper tantrums. Once last fall I watched him RIP pages out of a chart, saying, What is this s***", threw the whole chart on the floor and cursed and went on. Then he picked up the phone and called somebody, another doc? and talked about this f***ing idiot resident, and not in a calm quiet tone either.
    We had a resident who threw a fit and a chart at the front desk because the nurse wouldn't take a verbal order. At the end of the year roast we gave him an award and a prize. Award for Best Performance in Infantile Behavior, Chart throwing, his prize, a pacifier.
  9. by   HyperRNRachel
    How about Code Drama Queen...for the male doctors.
  10. by   Jay-Jay
    Quote from kat911
    We had a resident who threw a fit and a chart at the front desk because the nurse wouldn't take a verbal order. At the end of the year roast we gave him an award and a prize. Award for Best Performance in Infantile Behavior, Chart throwing, his prize, a pacifier.

    Oh, geez, I got to see this sort of behaviour too! Unfortunately, I was a PATIENT at the time, and I was the subject of the tantrum! :uhoh21:

    I was admitted to ER with an acute abdomen, N&V, and pain level of 8/10. Every ER in the GTA was going crazy that night, and this hospital was no exception.

    THREE HOURS later, I still had not had an IV started on me, or been given anything for pain. I was also spiking a really high fever. I begged the nurse for some Tylenol, as the discomfort from the fever at that point was actually worse than the pain, which had settled down to where I wasn't moaning anymore, and could actually bear it if I didn't have to move.

    Nurse went to the MD in charge. He brushed her off.

    Forty five minutes later, I asked again. AGAIN she got the brush-off.

    Finally, my husband got into the act, and I think he was a little more forceful about it, though still quite polite.

    This time, when the nurse again made the request, Dr. Prima Donna picked up a stack of charts, smashed them down on the desk, and swore, using the "F" word at least 2-3 times, raging about something not being done (I didn't hear this, my husband did.) Then, he snarled at the nurse: TAKE A VERBAL!

    Which she did. I got an IV started on me STAT, then they gave me demerol IV push....OWWW, did that BURN! But I didn't worry much about pain for the rest of the night! :chuckle

    Dr. Prima Donna was raked over the coals when I filled out the Patient Satisfaction Survey. :angryfire

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