Calling Code Blue in ED - page 4

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As part of the Code Blue Team, I am participating in a committee to revamp our Code Blue policies. We are a 100 bed hospital with no tramua level designation. ED is 25 bed unit and sees between 100-190 pts in a 24 hour time... Read More


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    Quote from Rhi007
    I am a volunteer in the ED until I get into nursing school and the other day I ended up calling a code blue on a 55yr old male. Yes I have the training to call one due to my St. John training. While I started compressions it literally only took 2mins to get help. I all but have secured a job in the ED when I've finished my training :fist pump:

    Way to go! Just for curiosity's sake, what was the situation?

    BeLLaRN
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    Quote from Christy1019

    Way to go! Just for curiosity's sake, what was the situation?

    BeLLaRN
    55yr old male arrived via ambulance with chest pain, initial exam showed slight elevation in ST waves pain. After half an hour when I walked past he was having a STEMI, cyanotic ( lol lucky I have had O2 training with St. John) I held his call button which triggers the emergency bell and yeah...
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    we don't call codes in my ed either .we are all there .the only people we will stat page is the resp therapist because they are not in the ed .and the icu i worked in we did not call them either .we took care of our own codes.
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    Quote from Rhi007
    I am a volunteer in the ED until I get into nursing school and the other day I ended up calling a code blue on a 55yr old male. Yes I have the training to call one due to my St. John training. While I started compressions it literally only took 2mins to get help. I all but have secured a job in the ED when I've finished my training :fist pump:
    Love it!

    DC :-)
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    har...apparently I already posted to this thread. God-bless night shift.
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    Christy1019-
    No codes called in OR. I have no idea why codes are called in ICU, ED, ect. I do know at a recent code I responded to (as recorder), the ED nurse said she hadn't had a code in 7 months. I know our facility is the exception, not the rule. My dad works at another facility who refers to mine as 'that witchdoctor place.' :P

    It seems to me that the code roles at our facility are somewhat..well, politically-incorrect, as you put it. I know sometimes the ED nurses run their codes, and other times it's an ICU nurse.
    I'm from a medical floor--it's like pulling teeth to actually get into an ACLS class, and I have no idea why it's necessary to pull someone from just about every floor.
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    Quote from HyperSaurus, RN
    Christy1019

    It seems to me that the code roles at our facility are somewhat..well, politically-incorrect, as you put it. I know sometimes the ED nurses run their codes, and other times it's an ICU nurse.
    I'm from a medical floor--it's like pulling teeth to actually get into an ACLS class, and I have no idea why it's necessary to pull someone from just about every floor.
    If you don't use it, ya lose it. Doesn't it feel good to have the seasoned, calm people at your codes?
    I know I work in ED and always look forward to the fresh faces during my stroke codes. Extra hands, confident.
    Kinda like delivering a baby. Sure we could all do it but wouldn't you feel better having an OB nurse there with you with their guidance?


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