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by Emergent Emergent (Member)

Emergent has 25 years experience and works as a Emergency Room RN.

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The one had me dumbfounded. A code blue was announced. Our ER doc responds to codes upstairs and started heading out.

The medical resident doing his ER rotation asked me what was happening. I said it was a code blue upstairs. He replied "What's a code blue?".

This is someone who made it through medical school and is a doctor. I explained that it is when someone stops breathing and to follow the ER doc.

Actually, I thought this was something learned from watching TV. But don't they cover this in medical school too?

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Rose_Queen is a BSN, MSN, RN and works as a Staff nurse educator.

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Not all places use the phrase code blue. Some have, in fact, moved away from it because it is so well known.

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A lot of facilities have switched to different terminology, like medical emergency. Maybe he doesn't watch much TV either?

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Emergent has 25 years experience and works as a Emergency Room RN.

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In Washington state these codes have been standardized. These baby docs have obviously not been properly oriented.

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Jedrnurse has 25 years experience as a BSN, RN and works as a school nurse.

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Emergent said:
In Washington state these codes have been standardized. These baby docs have obviously not been properly oriented.
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Where is the Code Brown...?

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Davey Do has 35 years experience and works as a Behavioral Health RN.

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Emergent said:
I thought this was something learned from watching TV. But don't they cover this in medical school too?

 

He probably falls asleep watching TV too!

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Davey Do has 35 years experience and works as a Behavioral Health RN.

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Jedrnurse said:
Where is the Code Brown...?

With the Code Brown included!

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SC_RNDude has 7 years experience and works as a RN.

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A lot of facilities have switched to different terminology, like medical emergency. Maybe he doesn't watch much TV either?

Whatever terminology is used should have been covered in hospital orientation.

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Buckeye.nurse has 13 years experience.

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That's crazy Emergent!! I can't believe the medical staff doesn't have the various codes covered during their orientation.

Code blue seems universal, but some of the other codes vary from state to state. For instance, Code grey was also used for a violent person in North Carolina, but means "weather alert" in Ohio.

And Jedrnurse, we have a Code Brown in Ohio--it means "missing adult". Maybe someone forgot to check the bathrooms before panicking?? :)

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Jory has 10 years experience as a MSN, APRN, CNM.

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While true, it's a little scary that this physician resident doesn't know the most critical code in the hospital where he is doing his rotation.

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NuGuyNurse2b works as a Student Nurse.

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Maybe he didn't understand why the ER doc is heading to a floor code blue so it might've confused him in that moment? At both hospitals I work at, the ER MD's do not respond to floor codes. There's a whole nother team that does that. So if it was my first time at your ER and I saw the ER MD going to a floor code, it would confuse me as well.

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Daisy4RN has 20 years experience.

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I don't know how any Resident can get to that point of being a "Resident" and reply "What's a code blue". I am not getting any younger and it just scares the code brown out of me if /when I have to become a patient in the hospital.

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