(From the February 2015 Issue of MedStat)
Recently, Quality Improvement Services has received a few CS Stars reports of “emergencies” in our main campus outpatient areas for which the rapid response team (ACT) did not respond. In our off-site clinics, staff are to call 911 to receive emergency response services. However, our ACT policy (XI-15:15, Assessment and Consultation Team) specifically excludes the outpatient clinics, critical care units, emergency department and perioperative areas. For emergencies in these non-inpatient areas, a CODE BLUE should be called in order to receive emergency support. A CODE BLUE request does not require that the patient be receiving full cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Rather, the patient has immediate need for a potentially life threatening condition. A Medical Assist request should be made for any condition that is not life threatening. For additional information about the Code Blue and ACT policies in non-inpatient areas, please contact Michelle McKissick, RN, at (614) 722-6551.