Before adopting “Code Caleb,” Tri-City was like most hospitals in California. It had a pediatric emergency code for patients 14 and younger. But emergency care for an unresponsive infant, who many be only a few hours or even minutes old, is vastly different from the care a 12-year-old needs.
The tools, dosages and expertise needed to diagnose and treat infants are specialized, and, therefore, any hospital with a neonatal care unit needs a code that brings its neonatal physicians and nurses to the emergency department immediately.
Consider also that while pediatric emergency codes are called regularly, only a tiny fraction are called for infants.
This is a high risk, low frequency patient population.