Code Brown

Also found in: Idioms.
Nursing A facetious term for an incontinence-related emergency—e.g., bowel movement in bed
Public safety (1) An external emergency situation—e.g., mass casualties from a natural or man-made disaster or due to a chemical, biologic or radiologic incident—requiring the receiving hospital to prepare itself for victims
(2) Severe weather
(3) Missing adult patient
(4) Medical gas emergency
(5) Chemical spill
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Making a code brown deposit with a stunning view of London at the height of 1,016 ft.
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Others that came out of the research include Code Brown to describe the need to change a nappy and Calpoholics, children who are given medicine so often to keep them quiet they become hooked.