Promoting Consistency

Washington hospitals have come together to create standardized practices which will reduce harm, make providing safe care easier for physicians and staff, and simplify training. With a mobile staff and patient population, this effort is designed to reduce confusion and avoid potential harm to patients.

Below are resources for emergency code calls, isolation precautions signage, wristbands, and surgical checklist.

Standardized Emergency Code Calls

The purpose of emergency code calls is to quickly communicate an emergency and to mobilize expert assistance i.e. code red for fire.

Isolation Precautions Signage

The standardized isolation precautions signage is used to eliminate transmission of infections between patients, such as MRSA. The signs have been shared with patients and hospital staff and commended by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and The Joint Commission.

Signage: Laminated and un-laminated signs (precautions on front, staff information on back) are also available for purchase or download through the WSHA Bookstore Isolation Precautions Section.

Patient & Family Education Sheets: Explain the precautions to patients and families and are available in English, Spanish, Russian, Cambodian, Vietnamese, and Korean. These can be downloaded through the WSHA Bookstore Patient Education Section.

Type and Duration of Isolation Precautions – CDC
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Guideline for Isolation Precautions: Preventing Transmission of Infectious Agents in Healthcare Settings 2007 lists the type and duration of precautions for selected infections and conditions.

Wristbands (if using)

Color-coded wristbands are used in some hospitals to alert staff to important information about a patient. If a hospital uses wristbands, it is recommended that the national standard colors be used. (e.g., allergy).

Best Practices from Washington Hospital: Virginia Mason Medical Center



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