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S t r a n g e S e c r e t C o d e s Y o u A r e not m e a n t t o k n o w

T h e u s e o f c o d e s i s i n t e n d e d t o c o n v e y e s s e n t i a l i n f o r m a t i o n q u i c k l y a n d w i t h a m i n i m u m o f m i s u n d e r s t a n d i n g t o s t a f f . S o m e p l a c e s u s e s e c r e t c o d e s t o p a s s i n f o r m a t i o n b e t w e e n s t o r e e m p l o y e e s . T h e s e a r e m e a n t t o b e a s e c r e t a s t h e y d o n?t w a n t t o a l a r m t h e n o n - s t a f f m e m b e r s o r a l e r t s o m e o n e l i k e a t h i e f t o t h e f a c t t h a t t h e y h a v e b e e n n o t i c e d .

N a m e C o d e s :

C o d e O s c a r : O n a s h i p , a c o d e o s c a r m e a n s s o m e o n e h a s g o n e o v e r b o a r d . I f t h e s h i p h a s t o m a n e u v e r e r r a t i c a l l y t o h a n d l e t h e s i t u a t i o n , i t m u s t a l s o s e n d o u t b l a s t s o n t h e s i g n a l s o t h a t o t h e r s h i p s n e a r b y a r e a w a r e o f t h e f a c t t h a t i t i s a b o u t t o c h a n g e i t s c o u r s e . I t s h o u l d b e n o t e d t h a t s h i p s d o n? t h a v e a n i n t e r n a t i o n a l l y s t a n d a r d i z e d s e t o f P A s i g n a l s a n d t h e y c a n d i f f e r f r o m p l a c e t o p l a c e , b u t t h i s i s a f a i r l y c o m m o n l y u s e d o n e .

C o d e d e l t a : c a n m e a n t h a t t h e r e i s a b i o l o g i c a l h a z a r d - t h o u g h w h o k n o w s w h a t t h a t m i g h t b e o n a p a s s e n g e r s h i p .

C o d e A l p h a : o f t e n m e a n s m e d i c a l e m e r g e n c y .

C o d e A d a m : w a s i n v e n t e d b y W a l m a r t b u t i t i s n o w a n i n t e r n a t i o n a l l y r e c o g n i z e d a l e r t . I t m e a n s m i s s i n g c h i l d . T h e c o d e w a s f i r s t c o i n e d i n 1 9 9 4 i n m e m o r y o f A d a m W a l s h , a s i x - y e a r o l d , w h o w e n t m i s s i n g i n a S e a r s d e p a r t m e n t s t o r e i n F l o r i d a i n 1 9 8 1 . A d a m w a s l a t e r f o u n d m u r d e r e d . T h e p e r s o n m a k i n g t h e a n n o u n c e m e n t w i l l s t a t e w e h a v e a c o d e A d a m , f o l l o w e d b y a d e s c r i p t i o n o f t h e m i s s i n g c h i l d . A s s o o n a s t h e a l e r t i s h e a r d , s e c u r i t y s t a f f w i l l b e g i n t o m o n i t o r t h e d o o r s a n d o t h e r e x i t s . I f t h e c h i l d i s n o t f o u n d w i t h i n 1 0 m i n u t e s , t h e p o l i c e a r e a l e r t e d a n d a s t o r e s e a r c h b e g i n s . A l s o , i f t h e c h i l d i s f o u n d i n t h e f i r s t 1 0 m i n u t e s i n t h e c o m p a n y o f a n u n k n o w n a d u l t , t h e p o l i c e m u s t b e c a l l e d a n d t h e p e r s o n d e t a i n e d i f i t i s s a f e t o d o s o .

C o m p u t e r S u p p o r t C o d e s

I n c o m p u t e r s u p p o r t , a v a r i e t y o f c o d e s c a n b e u s e d w h e n r e f e r r i n g t o a c u s t o m e r

P E B K A C : P r o b l e m E x i s t s B e t w e e n K e y b o a r d A n d C h a i r

P I C N I C : P r o b l e m i n c h a i r - n o t i n c o m p u t e r

I D 1 0 T E r r o r : I D 1 0 T i s , o f c o u r s e , I D I O T

D o c t o r C o d e s



D o c t o r c o d e s a r e o f t e n u s e d i n h o s p i t a l s e t t i n g s f o r a n n o u n c e m e n t s o v e r a g e n e r a l l o u d s p e a k e r o r p a g i n g s y s t e m t h a t m i g h t c a u s e p a n i c o r e n d a n g e r a p a t i e n t?s p r i v a c y . M o s t o f t e n , D o c t o r c o d e s t a k e t h e f o r m o f P a g i n g D r . _ _ _ _ _, w h e r e t h e d o c t o r?s n a m e i s a c o d e w o r d f o r a d a n g e r o u s s i t u a t i o n o r a p a t i e n t i n c r i s i s .

D o c t o r B r o w n : i s a c o d e w o r d o f t e n u s e d i n h o s p i t a l s t o a l e r t s e c u r i t y s t a f f t o a t h r e a t t o p e r s o n n e l . I f a n u r s e o r d o c t o r i s i n d a n g e r f r o m a v i o l e n t p a t i e n t o r n o n - s t a f f m e m b e r , t h e y c a n p a g e D o c t o r B r o w n t o t h e i r l o c a t i o n a n d t h e s e c u r i t y s t a f f w i l l r u s h t o t h e i r a i d . I n s o m e h o s p i t a l s

D r . A l l c o m e : S e r i o u s e m e r g e n c y . D o c t o r A l l c o m e t o W a r d 5 . w o u l d i n d i c a t e t h a t a l l m e d i c a l s t a f f n o t p r e s e n t l y o c c u p i e d a r e n e e d e d . ( T h e M e d , M e m p h i s T e n n e s s e e )

D r . F i r e s t o n e : F i r e i n t h e h o s p i t a l . I f a f i r e s l o c a t i o n c a n b e i s o l a t e d , t h e l o c a t i o n o f t h e f i r e i s i n c l u d e d i n t h e p a g e , e . g . P a g i n g D r . F i r e s t o n e t o 3 W e s t i n d i c a t e s F i r e i n o r n e a r w e s t s t a i r w e l l / w i n g o n t h i r d f l o o r . ( W i l l i a m B e a u m o n t H o s p i t a l s , R o y a l O a k a n d T r o y , M I ) .

D r . P y r o : F i r e i n t h e h o s p i t a l / h e a l t h c a r e f a c i l i t y . P a g i n g D r . P y r o o n _ _ _ _ i n d i c a t e s a f i r e a n d i t s o r i g i n o r c u r r e n t l o c a t i o n , e . g . P a g i n g D r . P y r o o n 3 3 m e a n s F i r e o n t h i r d f l o o r ( K a i s e r P e r m a n e n t e , s y s t e m - w i d e ) .

D r . S t r o n g : P a t i e n t n e e d i n g e i t h e r p h y s i c a l a s s i s t a n c e o r p h y s i c a l r e s t r a i n t . P a g i n g D r . S t r o n g & i n d i c a t e s t h a t a n y p h y s i c a l l y c a p a b l e p e r s o n n e l ( o r d e r l i e s , p o l i c e o r s e c u r i t y o f f i c e r s , E M T s o r f i r e m e n , e t c . ) i n t h e p r o x i m i t y s h o u l d r e p o r t a n d b e p r e p a r e d e i t h e r t o m o v e a p a t i e n t w h o f e l l d o w n a n d c a n n o t g e t b a c k u p o r t o ap t u r e a n d r e s t r a i n a n u n c o o p e r a t i v e p a t i e n t .

C o l o u r C o d e s

C o d e B l a c k :

- I n A u s t r a l i a c o d e b l a c k i s a p e r s o n a l t h r e a t . T h i s i n c o r p o r a t e s a d i v e r s e r a n g e o f s i t u a t i o n s i n c l u d i n g a s s a u l t s , c o n f r o n t a t i o n s , h o s t a g e s i t u a t i o n s a n d t h r e a t s o f p e r s o n a l i n j u r y o r a t t a c k

- B o m b T h r e a t ( O n t a r i o , M a n i t o b a )

- I n t h e m i l i t a r y c o d e b l a c k i s b o m b t h r e a t o r d i s c o v e r y o f s u s p i c i o u s p a c k a g e .

C o d e G r a y / G r e y

- A c o m b a t i v e p e r s o n w i t h n o w e a p o n u n d e r H A S C s u g g e s t i o n s .

- S e v e r e W e a t h e r ( C o o k C h i l d r e n? s M e d i c a l C e n t e r , F o r t W o r t h , T X )

C o d e G r e e n

- A c o m b a t i v e p e r s o n u s i n g p h y s i c a l f o r c e , e s p e c i a l l y w e a p o n s . ( s o m e A m e r i c a n h o s p i t a l s )

- U s e d t o i n d i c a t e a n e v a c u a t i o n s i t u a t i o n , a n d c a n r e f e r t o t h e e v a c u a t i o n o f a w a r d / f l o o r / w i n g o r t h e e n t i r e h o s p i t a l ( C o d e G r e e n - S t a t ) d e p e n d i n g o n t h e c a l l ( O n t a r i o H o s p i t a l E m e r g e n c y C o d e s , W i n n i p e g R e g i o n a l H e a l t h A u t h o r i t y )

C o d e P i n k

- B i o h a z a r d o u s c o n t a m i n a t i o n o f a p a t i e n t o r s t a f f . ( H e a r t l a n d R e g i o n a l M e d i c a l C e n t e r )

- P a t i e n t i s u n d e r i n f l u e n c e o f i l l e g a l s u b s t a n c e s ( U K F i r s t A i d o r g a n i z a t i o n s )

C o d e P u r p l e

- A u s t r a l i a n S t a n d a r d f o r B o m b o r S u b s t a n c e a l e r t

- H o s t a g e s i t u a t i o n o r p a t i e n t a b d u c t i o n ( O n t a r i o H o s p i t a l A s s o c i a t i o n )

- E m e r g e n c y d e p a r t m e n t c a n n o l o n g e r a c c e p t p a t i e n t s ; d i v e r t i n c o m i n g c a s e s t o o t h e r h o s p i t a l s i f a t a l l p o s s i b l e ( C a n a d a , a l s o W e l l s t a r H e a l t h G r o u p )

C o d e S i l v e r

- C o m b a t i v e p e r s o n w i t h a L e t h a l W e a p o n ( H A S C r e c o m m e n d a t i o n s ) .

- V i o l e n t S i t u a t i o n - L o c k d o w n ( C o o k C h i l d r e n?s M e d i c a l C e n t e r , F o r t W o r t h , T X )

C o d e Y e l l o w

- M i s s i n g p a t i e n t ( O n t a r i o H o s p i t a l E m e r g e n c y C o d e s ) .

C o d e O r a n g e

- U s e d i n O n t a r i o h o s p i t a l s t o i n d i c a t e a n e x t e r n a l d i s a s t e r w i t h m a s s c a s u a l t i e s . L o c k d o w n o r c o n t r o l l e d f a c i l i t y a c c e s s i s o f t e n u s e d a s p a r t o f t h e r e s p o n s e . V o l u n t e e r s , F a m i l i e s a n d S t u d e n t s w e r e d e n i e d a c c e s s d u r i n g S A R S O u t b r e a k o f 2 0 0 3 .

C o d e B r o w n

- M i s s i n g A d u l t ( U n i v e r s i t y o f T o l e d o M e d i c a l C e n t e r ) ( U n i v e r s i t y o f C i n c i n n a t i M e d i c a l C e n t e r )

I wonder if most of this stuff is for real!? I am not sure.
One never knows? Interesting.

Your thoughts??

-Kevin

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Getting eyestrain here

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Did you copy/paste this? Think I'm going "code white" for fuzzy eyesight. Happy

I've heard many of these in hospitals. Another for fire is "captain thermo" usually followed by reference to a location. I'm sure this is so visitors won't be agitated and stampede but, good grief, it's not very well hidden. Most people know "thermo", don't they? Another one in hospitals will refer to a trauma alert which means summons a specialized ER staff. An ETA follows the code as the patient is en-route by ambulance or helicopter.

I know I've heard codes in some retail stores too and I suspect some refer to "5 finger discount" activity in progress.

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Ouch.

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I can't believe this was posted elsewhere in that format.

I'm afraid I gave up. Sad

Mark

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Google can't find it anyway.

In reply to: Ouch.

So it's a Kevin original.

He just added a space after each character. Must be rather time-consuming to do.

Kees

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My thoughts? This thread should be locked.

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I can''t read the text, especially as I see only a few words at a time in normal-sized text.

Bu t then I see that those who replied have the same problem. Average eyesight doesn't help.

So I am locking the thread.

Angeline

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