Code Purple is a message announced over a hospital’s public address system warning all the staff of a bomb threat requiring evacuation, a violent person or patient in the hospital, there’s a VIP or celebrity in the hospital (everyone needs to behave), there’s an overloaded emergency department that cannot accept more patients therefore incoming patients should be diverted to other facilities, a hostage situation, a patient abduction, a psychiatric emergency or a lost or disoriented elderly patient.
Standardized hospital emergency codes are used to help improve patient safety and lessen the risk of errors in care. It is a notification of an event that needs immediate action. Emergency codes also facilitate the translation of essential information to the responding code teams to ensure optimal response.
Of interest, hospital emergency codes may signify different events at different hospitals and can cause confusion to staff that may work at more than one hospital. As a result, there is a push to make the color codes more uniform across facilities.
Bombing and the threat of being bombed are harsh realities in today's world. So if you are advised to leave the building, make sure to evacuate to the nearest safe exit and proceed to your Assembly Point in the same manner as you would during a fire evacuation
Proper planning can reduce the threat of panic, the most contagious of all human emotions. Check out some procedures for handling bomb threats at cpni.gov.uk.