Standardized Codes

The decision to adopt standardized codes followed the requests of many Missouri hospitals. In 2012, MHA conducted a survey and found significant variation among hospitals, including nine different emergency codes that were used to notify staff of a hospital evacuation. Even in specific geographic regions and metropolitan areas, the variation was significant. MHA has provided an implementation guide to assist hospitals with this transition. The goal is to have all Missouri hospitals using these standardized, plain language emergency codes.