What does code 99 mean in a hospital

Code 99 is a message announced over a hospital’s public address system warning of:

(1) A medical emergency requiring resuscitation

(2) A mass casualty, likely to exceed 20 people

When Code 99 is announced over the hospital loudspeakers, this is the signal for a team of doctors, nurses, and technicians to assemble in order to make strenuous attempts to resuscitate the dying patient.

Many institutions use colors to identify specific types of emergencies. Code Red and Code Blue are both terms that are often used to refer to a cardiopulmonary arrest, but other types of emergencies may be given code designations, too. Colors, numbers, or other designations may follow a code announcement to identify the type of emergency that is occurring. Learn more at WebMD.

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