The STARS Mobile Education Unit partnered with the Royal University Hospital (RUH) Code Blue team on January 12 for simulation training sessions.
"Code Blue" is called in the hospital to indicate a patient requiring resuscitation or in need of immediate medical attention, most often as the result of a respiratory arrest or cardiac arrest. The Code Blue team at RUH, that help patients in these situations, is an interdisciplinary team made up of Registered Respiratory Therapists, Anesthesia Residents, Registered Nurses from the CCU and Intensive Care Unit (ICU), CCU residents, fellows and attending physicians, as well as other medical residents.
“We did mock Code Blue scenarios with the staff, focusing on the most common types of emergent situations we see as the Code Blue Team – cardiac arrest, respiratory arrest, and sepsis-type patients,” explained Coronary Care Unit (CCU) Clinical Nurse Educator Erin Wiens, who organized the training session. Wiens is the co-chair of the Code Blue Committee for Saskatoon Health Region, alongside Lisa Collard.
This was the first time STARS worked specifically with the Code Blue team for this kind of training. Training took place inside the STARS Mobile Education Unit, a specially-equipped motorhome, set up similar to an emergency room, which operates a human patient simulator that resembles a computerized mannequin.
“The STARS paramedic and registered nurse, who ran the scenarios, were excited about the opportunity because we were bringing that multi and interdisciplinary team together,” Wiens explained.
This training is important for many reasons, including increasing familiarity and communication among team members. While staff may be members of the Code Blue team, they may not know each other.
“When there is an emergent situation, we respond - that is truly when the team forms,” Wiens explained. “The purpose of the simulations is to learn team strategies to work effectively and efficiently in stressful situations. The simulations provide a safe, non-judgmental learning environment where we can work through an event and then debrief on what we did well, and what we could improve on.”