Code Blue Litigation – Legal Issues In Cardiac Arrest Documentation

Code Blue Litigation – Legal Issues In Cardiac Arrest Documentation

Code Blue Legal Issues

Documentation

At some point, every medical professional will wonder about the legal ramifications of an in-hospital cardiac arrest (code blue). Code blue events happen quickly, and documenting the entire occurrence may be difficult.

Unfortunately, if the documentation doesn’t exist, it’s difficult to prove that adequate care was provided.

Code Blue – The Actuality

Code Blue – The Actuality

Written by The Format Health Team with excerpt from Nurse Nacole Riccaboni

In-hospital cardiac arrest situations, “code blues,” can be sudden and disorienting for the care providers involved. Typical code blue events last only a few minutes, but the actions taken by the providers during that time play an essential role in patient outcomes.

Preparing for a quick, high-stress situation can be difficult.

Learning the code protocol at your facility and familiarizing yourself with the code blue documentation sheet can save valuable time during the event.

Nurse Nacole Riccaboni, an ICU nurse and influential nursing blogger, recounted the events of her first code blue:

EventDoc: After the Chaos is ‘The Record’

EventDoc: After the Chaos is ‘The Record’

Document in-hospital cardiac arrests with an efficient, intuitive and secure tablet based solution.

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

What follows the chaos of a code blue event, the acquisition and handling of the code blue records, is nearly as important as the management of the event itself. The patient record that is generated during a code blue has three critical functions:

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.