Quote from xoemmylouox
In my clinic I am on the "code team". It isn't organized well, and half the time only half of those who are on the team show up. It is frustrating and puts patients at risk. What do you do if someone codes at your clinic? Do you have a team? Who is on it? I think ours needs a SERIOUS reform and I would like some ideas on how other places run theirs.
We break ours down into 2 types:
1 - Where someone is down, but is still responsive such as a fall.
2 - Code Blue = non responsive
YIKES! How big is your clinic, what kind of clinic? How many doctors, anesthesiologists, and RN's are working there?
Staff assigned to the code team must show up and if they do not (without a VERY GOOD reason) they should be given a strict lecture by the boss even an incident report could or should be made.
Why isn't staff showing up? Do they have pagers, is the code blue announcement loud and clear?
We don't even have a code team, so many staff get that (I hate to say it sounds cavalier) but get that adrenalin rush and excitement and want to respond, usually too many show up. We have never had a full cardiac arrest code. Once in a while the code button gets accidentally pushed and even then every one runs to help.
Even just a nurse calling for "I need help here, or get me anesthesia," gets a lot of immediate help from co-workers.
I just can't understand medical health care workers not responding to a code? What type of people are you working with? It is mostly LVN's and CNA's who don't think they have any role in a code? Your story is so opposite of any situation I have ever been in it boggles my mind.
Are you in a Long Term Care facility where so many of the codes are unfortunately just the natural death of a patient who should be left to die peacefully, then I don't wonder that staff might be a little hesitant to be bagging and compressing. Why does your clinic have so many codes?