Essential information I need to know in case a certain patient codes

  1. If I come on at 0700 and my patient codes at the primary RN what info should I be armed with...what questions will the code team ask me?
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    Joined: Sep '11; Posts: 2
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    Specialty: Cardio-Pulmonary


  3. by   umcRN
    Age, code status, main diagnosis/reason for visit(cardiac/resp/onc? etc), weight if pediatric pt, if/what anything was observed prior to the event, where/what your access is
  4. by   I<3H2O
    Code status 1st and foremost!! Then you will need to know their diagnosis. Beyond that, history probably doesn't matter too much. They prob won't ask you too much. LOL
  5. by   nerdtonurse?
    After status, allergies? Just after you push something is the wrong time to find out a person's had a bad reaction to that med....
  6. by   VICEDRN
    please tell me WHAT CHANGED...

    pt is 40 yo presented for elective ortho surgery yesterday am; no medical hx/no allergies; a0x3 at vital signs check at 0600; vss at last check; appeared non responsive when assessed at AM med pass at 0800;


    pt is 40 y/o with hx of ALS; admitted yesterday for dib; no allergies; FULL CODE; increasingly bradycardic with repeating hourly vital signs; found with no rhythm at am med pass; last vitals:

    IF the patient's baseline is normally AMS then it doesn't help to know why we are rapid responsing this person. tell me that they just came back from dialysis and while normally demented, the patient is not responding to pain...(for example)
  7. by   NCRNMDM
    Code status, allergies, weight, admitting diagnosis, the situation that led you to find the patient, what the last vitals were (if you can get to them quick enough), what IV lines you have, where they are, what gauge they are, and what is infusing through them, and what measures have been taken so far.