Starting today, you will receive an e-Learning assignment through HealthStream to learn our upcoming new code system for emergency notifications. Please complete this five-minute course before March 31 in time for the April 1 go-live date.
Why a new format?
When an emergency occurs at any SCL Health care site, it is critical that all associates, patients and visitors are informed of the situation and can take appropriate action to ensure their own safety and the safety of others. Currently, we have nearly 30 varying color-code and name or letter based emergency notifications system-wide. SCL Health is changing the format of emergency notifications in all care sites to a more easily understandable “plain language” system.
Beginning April 1, we will begin using plain language when communicating an emergency situation. For example, instead of using coded language such as “Code Red in Room 100,” the alert will plainly state what is occurring, such as “Facility Alert: Fire, Room 100,” followed by what action to take. This change aligns us with industry best practices and recommendations from The Joint Commission, the Colorado Hospital Association and numerous others, and will aid in providing clear communication and instruction in an emergency.
Take five minutes today or in the next few weeks to log into HealthStream for this important training. Thank you for all you do daily to ensure the safety of patients, visitors and associates.