Story courtesy Royal University Hospital Foundation
Seconds count when a patient's heart or breathing suddenly and unexpectedly stops. That's why physicians, nurses and other members of the health care team at Royal University Hospital (RUH) celebrated the arrival and roll out of 30 new state-of-the-art "Code Blue" carts on April 20.
The new Code Blue carts are replacing all current ones in use many of which are decades old. In addition, 150 life-saving items of equipment, medications and other supplies accompanying each cart have been standardized including the location of each item in the cart.
The 30 new state-of-the-art "Code Blue" carts are rolled out for the press conference.
Royal University Hospital Foundation (RIHF), through the generosity of its donors, raised the $210,000 required to purchase the new life-saving carts as part of The GREATE.R. Campaign that is raising $20 million in order to address priority needs of emergency, trauma and critical care throughout the hospital. This is the largest single group acquisition of Code Blue carts in the history of RUH.
"Life-saving is a daunting task," says Dr. Paul Babyn, Volunteer Board Chair, RUHF "Today, it is less so, thanks to the generosity and the quick response of donors to The GREATE.R. Campaign. "
RUH Code Blue response teams are called into action on average two to three times a week, or about 140 times a year, with this number rising in light of the increasing acuity of patients at RUH, the largest emergency care and trauma centre in the province.
"These new carts will enhance our Code Blue teams' response times, performance and patient outcomes," says Dr. Erik Pausjenssen, Head of the Division of Cardiology in the Saskatoon Health Region (SHR).
Dr. Erik Pausjenssen, Head of the Division of Cardiology in the Saskatoon Health Region (SHR) addresses the crowd.
The new Code Blue carts will ensure that the medical team has the right piece of equipment at the right time when every second matters for a patient experiencing cardiac or respiratory arrest.
Standardization of the carts is vital, says Lisa Collard, RN, RUH Manager, Coronary Care Unit and Heart Health Operations and co-chair of the SHR Code Blue Committee.
"When our adrenaline is pumping and a patient's life is at stake, medical staff can't afford the time to search for supplies or try to deal with a drawer that won't open," says Collard. "We no longer have to worry about that because of the new Code Blue carts."
For more information about how you can support The GREATE.R. Campaign, please call 306.655.1984 or visit the RUH Foundation website at ruhf.org. Your gift today will help save a life.