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Southcoast Hospitals Group has earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval.













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Code A
(Code Assist)


All of our caregivers at Southcoast are dedicated to making every patient's hospital stay safe. We want you to be a partner in the delivery of care.

There are times when you are concerned that there is a serious change in a patient's condition that may be a medical emergency.

We have created "Code A" to address our patients' needs and concerns in these cases.

Use "Code A" to call for immediate help when you feel there is a serious change in a patient's condition.



When to Call

You notice a serious medical change in the patient that the health care team is not aware of, such as:

  • Difficulty breathing.
  • Seizure.
  • Confusion or change in mental condition.
  • Something is just not right.



How to Call a Code A

To access Code A, call 4357 (HELP) from any hospital telephone.

You will be asked for:

  1. Room number.
  2. Patient name.
  3. Patient concern.
  4. Your name.

We will then immediately activate "Code A" and dispatch a Rapid Response Team.



Rapid Response Teams

Rapid Response Teams are multi-disciplinary teams of critical care specialists that gather at a patient's bedside to assess that patient's condition and advise on the best way to proceed with the patient's care.


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