My first code. See, here's how it works: someone's heart fails, they beep everyone. The first doctor in has to run the room, tell everyone what to do, basically decide if the patient lives or dies.It's a quiet afternoon at Fictional Hospital, with Bob the RN and Dr. Alice doing rounds. Suddenly a high-pitched, beeping alarm sounds. Alice and Bob instantly drop everything and sprint into one of the rooms — thank God they were in time! They caught a patient just as he was going into cardiac arrest. After Dr. Alice stabilizes the victim, she quietly says to Bob that mere seconds could have meant the difference between the man's life and death. Fiction shows us the world, not as it is, but as we want it to be. Such is the case when in a medical setting the silence around a patient's bed is broken by the shrill shock of a monitor alarm, causing all the medical providers in the area to immediately direct their attention to the problem which caused the alarm, which is invariably real and serious. Expect to see tense doctors and nurses making tough decisions. If the doctor pauses for a second, a nurse will remind them that they have to make a decision quickly. This is usually followed by the Magical Defibrillator. The scene will end with a pulse returning, in which case everyone present will be greatly relieved. Or the patient dies after many attempts. Real life looks nothing like this. Bedside alarms are so pervasive in the hospital that the people working there learn to largely ignore them. "False alarms" in the form of loose leads, sensing devices removed, tubing kinked, or insignificant perturbations of vital signs are far more common than acute emergencies. Nurses pay attention to the alarms of their own patients, but it's their job to determine whether a real problem exists, so the whole floor need not come running at the sound of every beep. Some alarms will trigger this kind of response - for example, pushing the "Emergency" or "Code" button that's on the wall in every patient room will set off an alarm that sounds like nothing else and is guaranteed to bring everyone up to the housekeeper running - but most of the time, the alarm is treated with a kind of benign contempt. Frequently the patient him/herself, rather than being unconscious or dying, will call the nurse to report that an alarm is going off. Usually this is because it has woken them up, has been going long enough to get really annoying, or is making it hard to hear the TV. Sub-Trope of Red Alert. Results in Crying Wolf.