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Does 'code blue' mean someone has died?

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Dr. Timothy Ashley
14 years experience in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
No: Codes vary from hospital to hospital, but "code blue" often means a cardiac arrest or other serious medical situation. The purpose of the code is to quickly summon providers to prevent a death. Many hospitals are moving toward "plain language" codes which may demystify such announcements in the future.
Answered on Apr 9, 2018

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