Blog Post Beyond Stopwatches – The Importance of Timing in Code Blue Care

Blog Post  Beyond Stopwatches – The Importance of Timing in Code Blue Care

Written by the Format Health Team with help from Dr. Brian Ross

In-hospital cardiac arrests (code blues) occur across the U.S. in both large and small healthcare facilities, and the outcomes are usually quite disappointing. The percentage of the 200,000 patients who experience in-hospital cardiac arrest every year and survive to discharge is surprisingly low [only 17% – 20% according to the Society of Hospital Medicine]. However, upon reflection, this may not be surprising. The patients who experience in-hospital cardiac arrest are often in fragile, medical condition with multiple co-morbidities that only complicate their cardiac status.

The Difficulty of Improving Code Blue Performance

The Difficulty of Improving Code Blue Performance
Written by Sarah Bryant with excerpt from Dr. Brian Ross

The Reality of Code Blue

Any healthcare professional is undoubtedly familiar with the chaos that ensues when a patient enters cardiac arrest. A clean, methodical approach and accurate documentation are essential to creating the best chance of resuscitation, but training for these “code blue” situations can be extraordinarily difficult.