Code Whites are called at Winnipeg hospitals more and more often

Code Whites are called at Winnipeg hospitals more and more often, Iryna Chyrkova

The number of threats, violent assaults and patients with meth-induced psychosis is growing rapidly in city hospitals.

A Code White is used when in cases of violence or aggression in the hospital, or when a staff member thinks he needs help. Last month, three Winnipeg hospitals called this code a record number of times.

As statistics show, Code Whites were called four times less often in 2017 than in 2018. 

Krista Williams from Winnipeg Regional Health Authority said that they are monitoring the situation to find new strategies to increase staff safety in hospitals and to make the number of incidents less.

Williams added that in the city there is not only an increase in the number of times when hospitals use a Code White but also an increase in the number of injuries in general. Patients also began to use weapons much more frequently when getting help.

WRHA believes that the data may differ from reality since for one incident several people could call a Code White. At the moment WRHA carries out a thorough analysis for increasing safety and changing the situation in the hospitals of the city for the better.

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