It is important to know your role during a code blue situation. ‌ The term “code blue” is a hospital emergency code used to describe the critical status of a patient. Code blue will be called by hospital staff if a patient goes into cardiac arrest, has respiratory issues, or experiences other medical emergencies. Typically, hospitals have rapid response teams ready to go when they get notified about code blue.

In our lives, we need to figure out our roles in a code blue situation. It is vital to be prepared in a medical emergency whether it is at home, at school, at work, or just anywhere. How do we prepare for emergency medical care? In this case, your presence of mind is highly needed. It is also crucial to know some first aid skills. This is very handy in saving someone’s life or reducing the impact of injuries.

Some tips that can be of great help to the accident victims/critically ill person

  • Keep a first-aid kit handy at home and work

Always keep first aid supplies with your travel kit. Never mix medicines or supplements with first aid supplies. Be sure to tailor the contents of the kit for your family’s emergency needs. All supplies should be labeled and organized in a readily available container.

Periodically, check and restock supplies as needed. 

  • Check for signs of external bleeding immediately

If an emergency occurs, then you must always check for the pulse of the victim/patient first. Once confirmed to be running, you must ideally check for signs of any external bleeding. If the injured person is bleeding profusely, then call for emergency medical services immediately. 

In case of no signs of bleeding, you can check for ingestion of a poisonous substance, heaviness in breathing or acute pain in the heart. If the victim/patient complains or appears to have any of these symptoms, then call for emergency services.

  • Make sure the injured patient’s airway is unrestricted:

Check the patient’s mouth for any foreign objects that may be blocking the patient’s airway. If the breathing has stopped, you may need to administer artificial respiration. 

  • Stabilize the patient until an ambulance arrives:

Remain calm and keep your patient relaxed in a sleeping position to reduce the chances of any further injury or damage. Treat the patient/victim with basic trauma care within the first few hours of the incident. 

We do not know when the code blue situation will happen. It is important that we know our role when this situation occurs and be able to act accordingly. If you do not know what to do or your role in a blue code situation yet, you have to find out now and be ready.

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