Private Mode Announcements Policy Term Definition

These are fire alarm announcements using coded messages to communicate the activation of the fire alarm system and other information such as location.  This type of coded announcement is designed to alert just the appropriate staff in order to effect the proper emergency response without causing undue disruption to patients.  Private mode announcements are only used in inpatient areas.  Typically the coded announcement follows the format:  “Dr. Red to John Sealy Hospital, 3rd floor, with the building and location changing as applicable.