Ideally, Goralnick said, hospitals nationwide will come to agreement on a set of clear PA instructions--so, for example, a health care worker who shuttles among facilities doesn't have to remember that in Florida it may be "Code Gray," in Texas "Code White" and in Massachusetts "Code Silver" that signals a shooter is afoot in the building.
For all that, he acknowledged, the number of Code Grays actually has increased since the new policies were adopted.
After the calling of a Code Gray
, an IV nurse playfully comes up behind a nurse manager and says, "I found her, I found her."
At HealthAlliance, a program called Code Gray brings extra staff to the emergency department to help prevent diversions or cut down on a diversion's length, she said.
Code Gray has reduced the number of hours that ambulances have to be diverted from HealthAlliance, she said.
Mazzarella in January to learn about the Code Gray program.