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Caleb Peltier at Tri-City Medical Center
Tri-City Medical Center named Code Caleb for Caleb Peltier, who was revived at the hospital when he was 3 days old.

Spirit of Excellence Award for Patient Safety Honorable Mention: Tri-City Medical Center, Oceanside, Calif.

Sounding the alarm: Code Caleb helps provide proper care for infants

By Modern Healthcare
Posted: December 15, 2012 - 12:01 am ET

Having the right personnel on hand and the right equipment in place enabled Tri-City Medical Center in Oceanside, Calif., to stabilize, diagnose and revive unconscious 3-day-old Caleb Peltier, who arrived by ambulance and presented with a critical congenital heart defect.

The 330-bed hospital recognized an opportunity to formalize a new code—similar to the Code Pink many hospitals use for children under 14 who arrive with life-threatening conditions—designed to handle the particular circumstances endemic to infants 60 days old or younger.

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Code Caleb—named for the now-healthy 2-year-old—went into effect in April 2012 after months of planning and has provided immediate and expert neonatal care for seven patients to date, earning the facility the Spirit of Excellence Honorable Mention for Patient Safety.

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