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What is a hospital code black?

Bomb threat: Code black is going to have different meanings, depending on where you are. In some cases, it means that someone has died. Othertimes it can mean a bomb threat, or even someone making a threat against themselves. A lot of places use colors to specify to staff that there is something happening without causing a riot or a commotion. To find more information click here: http://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/h. ...Read more

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Are hospitals always in code black during tornado warnings?

Are hospitals always in code black during tornado warnings?

Yes: Yes, in fact I am answering this question from a stairwell during a code black. ...Read more

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Where would u have child's MRI w/sedation- children's hospital outpatient center or hospital? Imaging director said only difference is no "code team"?

Where would u have child's MRI w/sedation- children's hospital outpatient center or hospital? Imaging director said only difference is no "code team"?

Depends: Depends on the age of the child, any co-morbid issues they may have. A "code team" is a designate team generally consists of nurses, docs, respiratory therapist who can intervene rapidly in a severe emergency - like something that could happen while being sedated. ...Read more

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I have a spider bite, i think its very small and one little black hole. Should i go to the hospital?

I have a spider bite, i think its very small and one little black hole. Should i go to the hospital?

Did you see it?: If you have alot of pain, swelling or trouble breathing go to the er. A black widow spider may cause severe abdominal pain and a brown recluse can cause a huge area of tissue damage and even require a skin graft. At least see your doctor if not having severe symptoms. ...Read more

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Doctors can you tell me when should I go to the hospital with a black widow bite?

Soon: Black widow bites can become ulcerated and this can lead to infection. It is important that your tetanus protection is up to date. Also, the wound may need cleansed and you may need antibiotics is infection is beginning. ...Read more

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I have a terrible uti, and i found a tiny black bug in the toilet bowl. Should i go to the hospital?

I have a terrible uti, and i found a tiny black bug in the toilet bowl. Should i go to the hospital?

UTI not from the bug: Utis are mostly caused by bacteria, occasionally from viruses, but not from tiny bugs which are large enough to be seen. Bug was either already there or else you might have so called "crabs".. Your family dr. Can get a urine culture from you and start treatment with a broad spectrum antibiotic. Your dr will decide whether further work-up is necessary. ...Read more

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I woke with bad headache but when i stood up out of bed it got worse and everything went blackish do I need go to hospital or wait to go dr tomorrow?

I woke with bad headache but when i stood up out of bed it got worse and everything went blackish  do I need go to hospital or wait to go dr  tomorrow?

How do you feel now?: It says by your question that you have been waiting awhile. How do you feel now? If you feel better then i would advise you to wait to see your doctor tomorrow if you feel worse or no better then it might be prudent to go to the emergency room or to a walk-in center. ...Read more

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I have black stringy stool. I called local hospital asking them if it was an emergency. She said i cant give medical advice and hung up. What do i do?

I have black stringy stool. I called local hospital asking them if it was an emergency. She said i cant give medical advice and hung up. What do i do?

Melena?: Melena is black tarry stool that occurs with bleeding from the upper GI tract and should be evaluated right away. Are you taking aspirin or similar medications? Some drugs like pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) can produce black stool. ...Read more