Which unit has the most code blues?

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by Caffeine_IV Caffeine_IV Member Nurse

Specializes in LTC, med/surg, hospice. Has 7 years experience.

Is it the ER? ICU? In one hospital orientation we were told it was interventional radiology.

Esme12, ASN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Critical Care, ED, Cath lab, CTPAC,Trauma. Has 42 years experience. 4 Articles; 20,908 Posts

Probably interventional radiology......If you are messing with the heart things go haywire. They are usually not called over head because you have what you need there...but an overall number yes it is probably interventional radiology. Then the ED then ICU.

VANurse2010

VANurse2010

Has 6 years experience. 1,526 Posts

In my hospital, among in-patient units, I think CCU and the CV surgical ICU have the most - but they also seem to have the more successful ones also.

Caffeine_IV

Caffeine_IV

Specializes in LTC, med/surg, hospice. Has 7 years experience. 1,198 Posts

Thanks. We had an unorganized med surg code recently and I just wondered...which unit gets more practice. It isn't us for sure.

VANurse2010

VANurse2010

Has 6 years experience. 1,526 Posts

Thanks. We had an unorganized med surg code recently and I just wondered...which unit gets more practice. It isn't us for sure.

Codes on the floors usually are a disorganized cluster - it's not unique to your facility! Critical care nurses (including ER) are just calmer because they do it more. I work on a MICU and fortunately the ICU team is pretty good about getting patients and or families to agree to DNR status before a code happens. Our patient population is a bit more "hopeless" than someone with a bad ticker and not a lot of other comorbidities.

From the sounds of the overhead page, IR. I don't know actual statistics in my hospital though, and the ICUs don't page out their codes.

Do-over, ASN, RN

Specializes in CICU. 1,085 Posts

The most inconvenient spots - like radiology.

Only partly joking.

SionainnRN

SionainnRN

Specializes in Emergency Room, Trauma ICU. Has 5 years experience. 914 Posts

From the sounds of the overhead page, IR. I don't know actual statistics in my hospital though, and the ICUs don't page out their codes.

Neither do ERs usually so that's hard to figure out.

AnnieOaklyRN

AnnieOaklyRN, BSN, RN, EMT-P

Specializes in ED, Pedi Vasc access, Paramedic serving 6 towns. 2,577 Posts

I work in the ER and we have codes all the time, but we do not ever call them overhead, so its hard to compare to other units that do.

SionainnRN

SionainnRN

Specializes in Emergency Room, Trauma ICU. Has 5 years experience. 914 Posts

The most inconvenient spots - like radiology.

Only partly joking.

Or the parking lot or lobby!

As of late we have a LOT of code M and rapid responses in our attached medical building and/or the lobby.