When an emergency occurs, it is critical we’re informed of the situation and can take appropriate action to ensure everyone’s. That’s why all of the SCL Health cares sites, including Platte Valley Medical Center, are changing how we announce emergency codes, both overhead and in desktop and digital alerts.
Beginning April 1, Platte Valley will begin using what’s called “plain language” when communicating an emergency situation. For example, instead of using coded language such as “Code Red Room 100,” the alert will plainly state what is occurring, such as “Facility Alert: Fire Alarm, Room 100,” followed by what action to take. You can find a master list of the new codes, as well as FAQs and additional resources regarding this change on The Landing. Additionally, all associates received an e-Learning assignment through HealthStream. Please complete this five-minute course before March 31 in time for the April 1 go-live date.
The move to plain language alerts aligns Platte Valley and our fellow SCL Health care sites with industry best practices and recommendations from The Joint Commission, numerous state hospital associations, the Department of Homeland Security and others, and will aid in providing clear communication and instruction in an emergency.
You will see reminders throughout our care site this month about the change. If you have questions about the change, please refer first to our FAQ document. If you can’t find your question in the FAQ, please reach out to Wendy Colon at firstname.lastname@example.org or x1909.
Thank you for your partnership ensuring the safety of patients, visitors and associates.