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    We are encountering RFE : CODE SILVER on some reports. Nobody here knows the apt ICD-9CM code for this indication. If anbody out there could help me on this please? . It would be appreciated much.

    Thank you!
    Munirajarathinavel Poovan,

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    Hospital emergency codes Edit
    Hospital emergency codes, or codes, are used to alert staff in a myriad of emergency situations. They are designed to convey essential information as quickly and with as little confusion as possible whilst also remaining discreet in order to keep both patients and visitors calm. They may be posted in signs around the hospital or on the back of employee identification cards for reference.
    In general, the codes are based on a color system, though there are also codes with numbers and names. These codes may be different from hospital to hospital, but there is a movement to standardise the code for easy access and to avoid the wrong command being followed.

    Because of the large variations within the system, the following are only the most pertinent or those used on House.

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    Codes by ColourEdit
    Code AmberEdit
    In the United States, this code is used for child abductions from hospitals. It is directly related to the nationwide AMBER Alert system named for Amber Hagerman, a child who was abducted and murdered. In some hospitals it is still known as Code Pink or Code Rainbow.
    Code BlueEdit
    This is hospital emergency code used to indicate that a patient needs immediate resuscitation usually after a cardiac arrest. It can also be called when a patient is en route to the hospital and needs attention upon arrival. It can be labeled either adult or paediatric, though the New Jersey Hospital Association (NJHA) recommends the latter be called a Code White (see below).
    Code Grey (Dr. Strong)Edit
    In New Jersey, as recommended by the New Jersey Hospital Association, this denotes a security emergency.
    Code RedEdit
    For most of America, this is the code for a fire in the hospital.
    Code SilverEdit
    Closely tied to a Code Grey, this means that there is a combative person with a weapon who has entered the hospital.
    Code WhiteEdit
    As mentioned above, this is the recommended code for a child needing immediate resuscitation either in-house or after arriving by emergency vehicle.
    or that more than 20 people expected to arive in the emergancy deparment{ed}
    Other CodesEdit
    Code AdamEdit
    Much like the AMBER system and Code Amber, the Code Adam announces a missing person, normally a child.
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    Code Blue is a hospital emergency code used to indicate that a patient needs immediate resuscitation

    Code Blue


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    While I agree with the above, I have never observed these codes being used in a patient document. If you have a patient report with this term I suggest you query the provider as to the specific meaning and ask for an addenda be attached explaining the term.

    Debra A. Mitchell, MSPH, CPC-H

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    Thank you both for your valuable reply, really I learned an intresting new thing. I will check with my providers for their reply.
    Munirajarathinavel Poovan,

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