Never Run To A Code


I have mentioned it before, but I’ll say it again for anyone who doesn’t know; my wife Emily is an Intensive Care Pediatrician. When she is working in the PICU, one of the things she must always pay attention to is something called “code bells.”

Whenever there is a life-threatening event in the hospital, they broadcast an emergency tone over the PA system, after which they announce the type and location of the code.

Because she is the senior most pediatrician in the hospital when she is on, any time the code bells ring, she must stop what she is doing and listen to the information that follows. If it is a pediatric code, she is required to get to the stated location and see the situation through to its conclusion. […]