OMMC Surgery Emergency and Disaster Alert and Response Codes
Reynaldo O. Joson, MD, MHA, MHPEd, MSc Surg
January 10, 2012; January 13, 2012
The Department of Surgery of Ospital ng Maynila Medical Center (OMMC) has emergency and disaster codes to convey essential information quickly to its staff during times of potential and actual emergencies and disasters.
The codes are being used for two purposes, one, to convey need to be alert or ready and two, to convey type of emergency or disaster occurring in the department and hospital that needs a corresponding response.
To facilitate collaborative networking, readiness and response during emergencies and disasters in the community and in the hospital, the Department’s codes shall be aligned with those of the Department of Health (DOH) and those of the Ospital ng Maynila Medical Center.
The Department’s codes shall be classified into alert codes and response codes.
The response codes of the Department shall be the same as those of the Hospital’s (OMMC) response codes. The latter is in the process of being reviewed by the Hospital’s Disaster Preparedness Committee (or Hospital’s Safety Promotion and Disaster Preparedness Committee) as of this writing (January 10, 2012).
The alert codes of the Department shall be aligned with those of the Department of Health and the Hospital (OMMC).
Since its establishment by Dr. R.O. Joson in May 15, 2003, the OMMC Surgery Disaster Preparedness Program has been using the following alert codes, namely: Code Green, Code Yellow, and Code Red (corresponding to the universal colors of the traffic lights). See http://xdisasteromsurg.tripod.com/
Effective January 10, 2012, to be aligned with the Department of Health alert codes, the new alert codes of the Department of Surgery will be the following:
Code White Alert – one surgical team is physically present and the two other teams are on call
Code Blue Alert – two surgical teams are physically present in the hospital and the last team is on call
Code Red Alert – all the surgical teams (3 teams) are physically present in the hospital
The OMMC Surgery Surgical Teams consist of three teams:
Team I Surgical residents, interns and consultants
Team II Surgical residents, interns and consultants
Team III Surgical residents, interns and consultants
The alert codes of the Department of Surgery shall be used primarily in anticipation for surge of surgical patients to OMMC, in particular, to the Emergency Room and Operating Room of OMMC. Secondarily, they will be used in collaboration with the alert codes to be activated by the Hospital (OMMC) for assistance purposes.
The main targets of readiness in the alert codes of the Department of Surgery consist of having enough manpower (surgical residents and interns, in particular) and enough surgical supplies to handle anticipated surge of surgical patients to OMMC.
Evaluation of an alert code activation shall be based on whether there is adequate preparation in anticipation of an emergency and disaster and the quality of response when there is occurrence of the anticipated emergency and disaster. The minimum criteria to be used during the evaluation will be adequacy and response time (to be in the Hospital) of manpower on stand-by and the adequacy of prepared surgical supplies based on a must-have list.