An Honest-to-Goodness Alert Code System: A Prerequisite for an Effective Response to Surge of Patients Emergencies – AHMA Entry
6. Please give any other information, including third party testimonial regarding your project which you think would help convince the judges that this project (or program) should win this category. MAX 200 WORDS.
The project has addressed the most critical success factor for a surge of patients response, that of having enough manpower. It has broken the tradition of lip-service to a code white alert activation by making it real and effective through simple yet effective closed-communication procedure using cellphones with standardized SMS messages and monitoring of staff whereabouts and responses. With the presence of documented policies and procedures; templates for communication, monitoring of staff and evaluation checklist; minimal costs; and with regular drills, exercises, and actual activations, the improved OMSurg alert code system has a high chance of being sustained. [Feedback from external stakeholders to be added.]