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The objective of the emergency medical response (EMR) system at the SCCA Outpatient Clinic is to provide clinical support to persons (patients, visitors and staff) who need assistance (i.e. falls, fainting) and/or are experiencing medically emergent events.

For the purposes of the Outpatient Clinic, the Code Blue team functions as a Rapid Response Team. The primary purpose of the Code Team is to bring critical resources to the patient experiencing signs/symptoms of clinical deterioration in order to help prevent cardiac or respiratory arrest. The Code Blue team is also capable of ACLS response when required.

When CPR is required, the patient's Advance Directives will be honored if the physician is aware of the code status. Any qualified person should initiate initial basic life support/CPR if appropriate.

Levels of Staff Response

Code Green (BLS)

Available for situations requiring nursing assessment and/or intervention such as fainting, falls, and dizziness during all operational hours.

  • "Pull for Help" - When you experience a code green, pull a cord station alarm activator which are located in all SCCA public bathrooms on the 1st through the 6th floors. When pulled a Code Green response will be initiated and a qualified staff member will come to the location of the initiated "pull for help."
  • If you are in an area where there are no pull cord alarms, dial 1000 and ask the front desk to page a code green and your location.

Code Blue (ACLS)

Provides critical resources and/or ACLS response when a patient’s clinical status is beyond the ability of local staff to manage.

  • "CODE BLUE Button" - Push a "CODE BLUE" button located on the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, & 6th floors in various locations in patient care areas.  CODE BLUE buttons, when pushed, have both visual and auditory alarms.  They are wired into enunciator panels on their respective floors as well as to an Emergency Response Computer Terminal (Code Blue), located on the 1st floor Main Reception Desk. A trained and designated response team will come to the location where the Code Blue button was pushed.
  • If you are in an area where there are no pull cord alarms, dial 1000 and ask the front desk to page a code blue and your location.

Levels of Response: CODE GREEN (BLS) and CODE BLUE (ACLS) Coverage Times

Code Green and Code Blue response chart

*** Note: When in doubt, CODE BLUE should be level of response initiated ***

Code Blue / Code Green Quiz Questions

 a. True
 b. False
 a. Press the nearest Code Blue button.
 b. Call x1000 and give instructions to page a Code Blue.
 c. a or b

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Correct answers:

  1. a. True
  2. c. a or b