Written by Nicole Spence, Advisor, Lower Mainland, HEMBC

For Josh Koczerginski, emergency medicine resident, and Jill McIntosh, medicine manager, colour code standardization is a significant step towards building a strong and consistent emergency response program.

In the past few weeks, a major Lower Mainland standardization project was implemented across Fraser Health:

  1. The addition of Code Grey (Systems Failure) and Code Amber (Missing or Abducted Infant/Child).
  2. Updating colour code procedures to the new provincial standard at acute sites.

For Josh Koczerginski, senior emergency medicine resident and chief emergency medicine resident with Fraser Health and Vancouver Coastal Health, there are many benefits.

“Minimizing variation between hospital sites will allow for improved clinical care and help us work more effectively across clinical and administrative teams,” Josh said.

Jill McIntosh, interim medicine manager at Abbotsford Regional Hospital Cancer Centre (ARHCC) and chair for the ARHCC Emergency Management Working Group committee, also finds comfort in the standardization of procedures.

“It is reassuring to know that if a child is missing or abducted – regardless of which site or authority – the search will be robust and consistent,” Jill said. “The introduction of Code Blue Pediatrics will provide and create support for our young patients in medical distress and ensure that they get the appropriate care in a timely manner.”

Look for these opportunities to learn more and support your team:

For more information please visit the Health Emergency Management intranet page, or contact your HEMBC emergency management representative.


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