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Emergency Codes At the Hospital

What are emergency codes?

At Woodstock Hospital, we have put several emergency codes in place to help everyone – from employees, medical staff and volunteers, to patients, families and other visitors to understand what each colour code refers to and are prepared to react to emergencies that could occur in the hospital.

Emergency codes notify all necessary people of an event occurring that requires immediate action by staff. Woodstock Hospital utilizes standardized colour codes as supported by the Ontario Hospital Association. Staff, physicians, and volunteers know how to respond in order to provide a safe environment.

For all the following codes, your primary responsibilities are to remain calm and stay away from the affected area.

Click on the Code to know how to respond.

  • Code Amber – Missing or Abducted Infant or Child (under 18 years of age)

    How to Respond

    1. Remain calm.
    2. Wait for instruction from staff.
    3. Please do not actively participate in the search.
    4. If a person matching the description is seen, report it to hospital staff
  • Code Black - Bomb or Suspicious Package (threat or actual)

    How to Respond

    1. Remain calm.
    2. If you see a suspicious item/package, DO NOT touch it and inform a staff member.
    3. Stay away from the affected area (if announced).
    4. If you are in the affected area, stay with your family or support system.
    5. Wait for instructions from staff.
  • Code Blue - Adult Cardiorespiratory or Cardiopulmonary arrest, other life threating Medical Emergencies

    How to Respond

    1. Remain calm.
    2. Stay away from the affected area.
    3. If you are in the affected area, stay with your family or support system.
    4. Wait for instructions from staff.
  • Code Brown - Hazardous Spill/Exposure

    How to Respond

    1. Remain calm.
    2. Stay away from the affected area.
    3. If you are in the affected area, stay with your family or support system.
    4. Wait for instructions from staff.
  • Code Green – Evacuation (Horizontal, Vertical or Total)

    How to Respond

    1. Remain calm.
    2. Stay away from the affected area.
    3. If you are in the affected area, stay with your family or support system.
    4. Wait for instructions from staff.
  • Code Grey – Severe Weather, Utilities, Flood, Medical Gases, Information Technology, Pneumatic Tube Disruptions

    How to Respond

    1. Remain calm.
    2. Wait for instructions from staff.
    3. If you are in the affected area, stay with your family or support system.
    4. Stay away from the affected area (if announced).
  • Code Orange – External Events or Disaster (Standby, Minor, Major)

    How to Respond

    1. Remain calm.
    2. Stay away from the affected area.
    3. If you are in the affected area, stay with your family or support system.
    4. Wait for instructions from staff.
  • Code Pink – Cardiorespiratory or Cardiopulmonary Arrest greater than 28 days

    How to Respond

    1. Remain calm.
    2. Stay away from the affected area.
    3. If you are in the affected area, stay with your family or support system.
    4. Wait for instructions from staff.
  • Code Pink NRP– Cardiorespiratory or Cardiopulmonary Arrest 28 days of age or less

    How to Respond

    1. Remain calm.
    2. Stay away from the affected area.
    3. If you are in the affected area, stay with your family or support system.
    4. Wait for instructions from staff.
  • Code Purple – Hostage Taking

    How to Respond

    1. Remain calm.
    2. Stay away from the affected area.
    3. If you are in the affected area, move away if it is safe to do so. If it is not safe to move away, hide in place immediately.
    4.  Await instructions from staff and/ or police.
  • Code Red – Fire Alarm, Confirmed Fire

    How to Respond

    If you discover a fire

    1. Remove yourself from immediate danger.
    2. Call out “Code Red – Fire” and the location for assistance.
    3. Activate the fire alarm using the nearest pull station.
    4.  Await instructions from staff.

    If you hear an announcement:

    1. Remain calm.
    2. Stay away from the affected area.
    3. If you are in the affected area, stay with your family or support system.
    4.  Await instructions from staff.

    Do not use elevators.

  • Code Silver – Active Shooter or Armed Intruder

    How to Respond

    1. Remain calm.
    2. Stay away from the affected area.
    3. Evacuate if safe to do so.
    4. Hide if you are unable to evacuate safely.
    5. Fight back only as a last resort and only if your life is in imminent danger.
    6.  Await instructions from staff and/ or police.
  • Code Transfusion – Massive Hemorrhage

    How to Respond

    1. Remain Calm.
    2. Stay away from affected area.
    3. Await instructions from staff.
  • Code White – Violent/Aggressive Person

    How to Respond

    1. Remain calm.
    2. Stay away from the affected area.
    3. If you are in the affected area, stay with your family or support system.
    4. Do not try to help!
    5. Wait for instructions from staff.
  • Code Yellow – Missing Person (18 years of age and older)

    How to Respond

    1. Remain calm.
    2. Please do not actively participate in the search.
    3. If a person matching the description is seen, report (the) sighting to hospital staff.
    4. Await instructions from staff.
  • Infectious Threat Emergency

    How to Respond

    1. Remain calm.
    2. Wait for instruction from staff.

If you see something, say something! Always inform the closest hospital worker as soon as possible, as they are trained to know the appropriate response actions.

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