California Hospital Emergency Codes

California Hospital Emergency Codes
Sep 24 CDPH Team

The Hospital Association of Southern California (HASC) Safety and Security Committee and AllHealth Security Services helped define Health Care Emergency Codes for the state of California.

About Health Care Emergency Codes

The HASC Security and Safety Committee completed a revision of the Health Care Emergency Codes in May 2014 and invite your updates and suggestions to this document at any time.

These guidelines offer a flexible plan in responding to emergencies, allowing only those functions or positions that are needed to be put into action.  Additional customization of these guidelines must be made to make them applicable to a specific facility.  All information being provided to facilities is for their private use.  These guidelines can be used in many ways to assist healthcare facilities in the development of their own specific policies and procedures.  The information contained in this document is offered solely as general information, and is not intended as legal advice.

In December 1999, HASC established a Safety and Security Committee comprised of representatives from member hospitals with expertise in safety, security, licensing and accreditation. The committee’s mission is to address issues related to safety and security at health care facilities. One major issue the committee has tackled concerns the lack of uniformity among emergency code systems utilized at different health care facilities.

Adopting code uniformity enables the numerous individuals who work across multiple facilities to respond appropriately to specific emergencies, enhancing their own safety, as well as the safety of patients and visitors. To facilitate code uniformity, the committee developed a standardized set of uniform codes and guidelines that can be adopted by all health care facilities.