Does anyone have any guidance related to the use of plain language versus codes fo hospital settings? We are making the switch however the doctors are questioning why this is needed.
Is this for the radio communication?
Some will argue that codes provide a security purpose, but an excerpt from the December 2006 National Incident Management System (NIMS) ALERT: “While the NIMS Integration Center does not require plain language for internal operations, it strongly encourages it, as it is important to practice everyday terminology and procedures that will need to be used in emergency incidents and disasters. NIMS implementation is a long-term effort and it is probably not possible to persuade everyone to change ingrained habits overnight. But we do hope that over time, everyone will understand the importance of using common terminology, that is, plain language, every day.”
There is also a Presidential directive from 2003 (I think) stating not to use codes, but instead "Plain Language". I believe the intent goes back to interoperability. Should a major incident occur and mutual aid is being provided, those mutual aid partners will be unfamiliar with the local use of codes and thus create confusion and delays in providing immediate assistance.
Were working towards this, follow the following link for info:
Colorado Hospital Association
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