Plain language codes as healthcare organizations embrace enterprise risk management, implementation of plain language codes is another way to promote safety and reduce harm. While color codes are still used by many hospitals, using plain language codes in some situations will provide greater clarity and enable more appropriate response times. The risk associated with using a color code, for example “code gray”, to describe an active shooter situation is that it may mean something understood at all by visitors or vendors who might be present. It also lacks vital details on the situation. By using a clear description such as: Active Shooter + Location + have the responsibility of determining which plain language words they hear it and to immediately know what actions are required. Annual 2016 | HEALTHCARE RISK MANAGEMENT REVIEW | 35 PAYLESS IMAGES / SHUTTERSTOCK.COM in their work environment that could be used to disable an assailant such as heavier items that could be picked up and thrown at an intruder. In the only way to save lives. Walking through an active drill of what it Tabletop exercises exercises. Tabletop exercises are roundtable discussions that give these may not be as impactful as active drills, tabletop discussions bring in the event of an active shooter situation. If opting for tabletop exercises, do not forget to include representatives aspects of the law enforcement response in these situations. It is essential to not be mistaken for potential shooters and to understand why police threat has been neutralized.
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