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The use of codes is intended to convey essential information quickly and with a minimum of misunderstanding to staff. Some places use secret codes to pass information between store employees. These are meant to be a secret as they don’t want to alarm the non-staff members or alert someone like a thief to the fact that they have been noticed.
In computer support, a variety of codes can be used when referring to a customer
"Doctor" codes are often used in hospital settings for announcements over a general loudspeaker or paging system that might cause panic or endanger a patient's privacy. Most often, "Doctor" codes take the form of "Paging Dr. _____", where the doctor's "name" is a codeword for a dangerous situation or a patient in crisis.
Hospital Emergency Codes are used in hospitals worldwide to alert staff to various emergency situations. The use of codes is intended to convey essential information quickly and with a minimum of misunderstanding to staff, while preventing stress or panic among visitors to the hospital. These codes may be posted on placards throughout the hospital, or printed on employee/staff identification badges for ready reference.
Originally posted by Darthorious
reply to post by FredT
Ya our codes are completely different. It's actually a facility to facility code system there is no standard except for the code blue.
Code brown - a patient had a bad case of the runs and someone needs to clean it up usually a geriatric patient.
Code green - staff need assistance (usually a combative person)
Code orange - bomb threat
Red/Red drill - fire/fire drill
Blue - medical emergency of course
There's more but I don't have my name tag with me to check them all on the back lol.
Code Adam: was invented by Walmart but it is now an internationally recognized alert. It means “missing child”. The code was first coined in 1994 in memory of Adam Walsh, a six-year old, who went missing in a Sears department store in Florida in 1981. Adam was later found murdered. The person making the announcement will state “we have a code Adam,” followed by a description of the missing child. As soon as the alert is heard, security staff will begin to monitor the doors and other exits. If the child is not found within 10 minutes, the police are alerted and a store search begins. Also, if the child is found in the first 10 minutes in the company of an unknown adult, the police must be called and the person detained if it is safe to do so.
Code Adam seems a tad pessimistic :/ They couldn't have named it Code Nemo? He got lost too, but at least there was a happy ending