What is a Code Pink / Purple?
- Code Pink is when an infant less than 12 months of age is suspected or confirmed as missing.
- Code Purple is when a child greater than 12 months of age is suspected or confirmed as missing.
Responding to a Code Pink / Purple:
- Events in a Code Pink / Purple:
|- Conduct a rapid assessment
- Notify Security
- Alert all unit staff
- Go to exits
|- Check stairwells
- Conduct an immediate unit search
- Account for all patients
|- Stay with family
- Notify nurse manager
- Preserve evidence
- Code Pink / Purple Response Flow
- Response to a Suspicious Person during a Code Pink / Purple:
If you see someone with a large bag or leaving with a child or infant:
- Tell them this is an emergency situation. It will be necessary to wait a moment while we clear every adult with an infant or child.
- We also need to check all bags.
- If the person refuses, report to Security at ext. 911.
- Keep mental note of details, physical description, and behavior.
- Front-line of defense
- Patient identification bands
- (refer to operating policy S-8, Patient Identification)
- Employee identification
- (refer to Medical Center Administrative policy I-24, Identification)
- Parent identification
- Be alert to any unusual behavior / loitering
- Report suspicious behavior to Security, ext. 911
- Infant and pediatric security policy
- (refer to Security policy S-6, Infant and Pediatric Security)
- Instruct Families:
- never leave baby unattended in playroom or lobby
- never give baby to someone you do not know
- Log patient "on" and "off" unit
- Child to go on and off the unit with family member or hospital personnel