|Title:||Code Black Alpha (Infant/Child Abduction)|
|Document ID:||Operational Directive OD 0384/12|
|Date of issue:||Tuesday, 7 August 2012|
|Description:||This Directive aims to standardise code usage across Western Australian hospitals with regards to an abduction of an infant or child.|
|Framework:||Public Health Policy Framework|
|Period of effect:||from 1 August 2012 to 1 August 2017|
|Review date:||1 August 2017|
|Authorised by:||Kim Snowball, Director General, Department of Health WA, 27-Jul-2012|
|Print version:||View print version|
Code Black Alpha (Infant/Child Abduction)
Australian Standard 4083:2010 provides standard codes for hospital emergencies. Compliance with these codes is essential to successful management of emergencies.
Australian Standard 4083:2010 states that Code Black is the standardised code used for an incident of personal threat. Infant/child abduction, which falls under Code Black, does not have a standardised code, which poses a problem for staff transferring between hospitals.
Standard code usage for an abduction of an infant or a child is required in order to reduce risk and confusion among staff in distinguishing between a child abduction and a personal threat.
This Directive applies only to the name of a qualifier to Code Black. Guidelines on how the hospital should manage and respond to a Code Black Alpha situation are out of scope. Should they wish, hospitals can use the Hospital Health Coordinators Group to circulate guidelines that have been produced to contribute to improvement in knowledge and awareness concerning the code. Princess Margaret Hospital and King Edward Memorial Hospital may be contacted to assist with developing processes and response procedures.
This Directive aims to standardise code usage across all Western Australian hospitals with regards to an abduction of an infant or a child.
The code used in the event of a child or infant abduction shall be Code Black Alpha. In this instance, the code is applicable to children. Authority rests with the hospitals to determine the definition of a ‘child’.
This Operational Directive is effective from 1 August 2012. Implementation of the standard is to be completed by 1 August 2013.
This circular last updated: Monday, 4 May 2015 at 4:00pm