code blue alarm too quiet

  1. Yesterday, at work, a code blue was called on my floor. During this time I was doing a full respiratory assessment on my pt a few rooms down so my stethoscope earplugs are in my ears. Only when I walked into the hallway and noticed the small red triangle blinking did I realize a code blue had been activated. A few moments later I heard a little tinkle bell sounding and saw the worried faces of staff running about the hallway. The sound is like small Christmas bells tinkling. I realize that hospitals are trying to become quieter, but holy canoli that's too quiet.
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  3. by   traumaRUs
    Wow - was there no overhead page??
  4. by   hock1
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    Wow - was there no overhead page??

    Never heard the overhead page either. A couple of other nurses didn't hear the code either.
  5. by   RN4NICU
    Many places I've worked, you have to be in the hall to hear the overhead page. If you are in a patient's room, you miss the page.
  6. by   NotReady4PrimeTime
    Where I work, the Code Blue horn is so loud is scares the bejeepers out of me. It gives three separate beeps, then the overhead page is given. I wish they would start the pages with "adult" or "pediatric" instead of just "Code Blue" and then the unit identifier. Then I'd know instantly whether I need to ramp up the epi!! Of course, the code pagers go off a split second before the horn sounds, so I guess hearing the horn first is actually a good thing! To date (and I'm whispering this so "they" can't hear me!!) I have never been carrying the pager when there's been a peds code... in this hospital. Where I worked before, the charge nurse was the code nurse, and I attended several in that role.