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I am new RN in LTC. What are my responsibilities during code blue ( heart or respiration stopping)? Thanks!... Read More
- 1Nov 6, '11 by RacklebrownQuote from username33I am new RN in LTC. What are my responsibilities during code blue ( heart or respiration stopping)?
The best thing you can do in LTC (in almost every situation) is find out who your best CNA's are!! When you find yourself in a code, they will be the ones running to grab the chart with the code status. They will always know where the crash cart is hiding (no matter how many times it has been moved). They are the ones that you will be leaning on.
As far as, RN to LPN responsibility, the RN is always technically in charge, unless the Policy and Procedure manual CLEARLY states otherwise. In most facilities that means you are one person for all 300 or more patients. You will find LPNs that will run their own still, every nurse available should go to each one. But If you see something going wrong, you have to let them know it's your show. You and that floor nurse will take the heat together if there are problems. I would also talk to your DON and Admin, make sure everyone is on the same page. If it is somehow not your responsibility, make sure you copy that P&P page and keep it for yourself. I have seen those things disappear and completely change overnight when something goes haywire! Always CYA!!