Baylor activates Code Yellow to handle influx of flu, flu-like cases

Flu outbreak

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Medications were in short supply on January 6, 2014 as flu-like illnesses were on the rise across North Texas.

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Posted on January 16, 2014 at 5:21 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 16 at 6:33 PM

The Baylor Health Care System has activated its Code Yellow emergency operations plan due to the amount of patients arriving with flu or flu-like symptoms. 

This is the second health care provider in the region to activate Code Yellow –– John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth began operating under it on Wednesday. 

An official release describes the move as proactive and says surgery schedules have not been impacted by increased demand. A Code Yellow is an internal alert meant to heighten staff levels and awareness among practitioners should an emergency situation occur. It also streamlines processes so doctors and nurses can see more people in less time. 

"This is something we prepare for year-round," the media alert reads. "We have a tiered response to any circumstance affecting our resources or ability to provide care to our patients." 

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