What does CNA do during code blue?

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    Hi I just got hired by one of the hospital in our state and about to start my orientation next week, I never had any work experience as a CNA in the hospital so I don't have any idea what the CNA does during Code Blue. Is there anyone who can tell me what to do? Thank U!
    Last edit by VickyRN on Jul 30, '12
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    Moved to CNA Forum
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    Quote from Ybur514
    Hi I just got hired by one of the hospital in our state and about to start my orientation next week, I never had any work experience as a CNA in the hospital so I don't have any idea what the CNA does during Code Blue. Is there anyone who can tell me what to do? Thank U!
    *** In all hospitals I have ever worked in they got out of the way while remaining close enough to run and fetch things as needed. I can think of a few times when the patient was too large for the Lucas (CPR machine) and the code went on so long that CNAs were brought in to do CPR after everybody else was exausted.
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    Yup, gofer and chest compressions. PMFB- you have a CPR machine?!? I have never heard of this!!
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    Where I work they act as gophers, do compressions and sometimes act as the scribe.
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    @vicky sorry im new to this sight thanks for moving it though ...thankz guys for all the comments. Now I have one more question, for example I see the patient laying down in the bathroom no pulse no breathing, can I do cpr right away while waiting for the code blue team? Thank You!
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    @PMFB do u mean AED for cpr machine?
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    Quote from Ybur514
    @vicky sorry im new to this sight thanks for moving it though ...thankz guys for all the comments. Now I have one more question, for example I see the patient laying down in the bathroom no pulse no breathing, can I do cpr right away while waiting for the code blue team? Thank You!
    You need to know if the patient is a full code or a DNR before you call a code.
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    I've never seen a CNA call a code. I've actually been in one and had to run for the crash cart and grab a bunch of stuff the doctors/nurses needed for the patient. But there's so many people in the room there is no room for anyone to be there who isn't needed. You stand outside the room and wait for someone to yell they need this or that.
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    Depends on the hospital and unit you work in, and maybe to some degree on the exact circumstances.

    Usually they do compressions to free up hands, fetch equipment, and help lift and move the patient if needed, while making sure to stay out of the way if/when you arent needed. You may also be responsible for bringing the crash cart, which is a cart full of equipment needed specifically in a code. You probably wont be expected to do anything airway related like bagging or suctioning.


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