100 thoughts on “MEDICAL EMERGENCY: CODE BLUE EXPLAINED

  1. Do you have to move the patient when doing cpr because it must be a lot harder on a soft bouncy mattress than in the floor right?

  2. I was admitted 6 years ago for partial collapsed lung, hernia and other issues. Im allergic to penicillin so i found out 5 years prior while in hospital for staph infection. I had anaphylaxis episode. The hospital was aware of this so they gave me other antibiotics iv. But unfortunately the one they gave me had properties similar to penicillin, And while i was in the ward, i started to feel unwell an my throat was slowly swelling. My breathing was getting harder. I wasnt sure what was going on . So i buzzed the nurse casually and told her. Next minute she hit the code Blue button. Laid my bed down . opened the hospital gown at the front. An within 2 minutes there was about 12 medical staff from Doctors, nurses around my bed doing what they needed too .
    It was quick and controlled. I must admit i was slightly embarrassed laying there with no top on in front of them all. 2 times ive blue coded in 5 years because of my allergy. Both happened while in hospital. Scary being on the end.

  3. Sibon I really enjoyed this video i loved to see your face light up and how passionate you are I would love to hear more about other codes and really enjoy all of your videos well done for what you do 👌🏽 thanks

  4. I really, really loved your videos, Doc. You are young and vibrant, very bright and compassionate. I can tell you really love what you do, and you love teaching. That's a great asset!! I am a RN working on a PCU (Progressive Care Unit) floor in a small hospital in Florida, and I found your channel by chance. I am on a medical leave since end of November because I hurt my back at work, and I am beginning to feel a little "unproductive" at home. So your videos have motivated me to stay positive. I love patient care and I know you do too! Thank you very much for your efforts in showing all of us the "behind the scenes", your feelings, thoughts, struggles and challenges of a second-year intern. Keep up the good work!! Merry Christmas!

  5. My dad has a heart attack in the hospital waiting room in Australia and the nurses/doctors came out straight away, rushed him to resus and I was told to go sit in the family room
    My Dad was one in a small % to actually be revived and for that I am So thankful
    In a few days it has been 3 years and I still suffer from ptsd everyday from what happened
    You guys do an Amazing job X

  6. You spoke about who responds and the roles that people play during a code blue, but I am still a bit confused. If there are say 20 resident doctors in a hospital, how do they know when to respond? Is it done on proximity to the location of the code? Or does everyone have to drop what they are doing, get there and then it's just the first person to arrive that takes charge of the situation and the others go back to their own department/ward? Furthermore, what happens if two (or even more) code blues are called at the same time? I understand that this is unlikely, but are there protocols in place to deal with a situation like this?

    Super interesting video, thank you!!

  7. Thank you this was really informative when I was being birthed I had a code blue and my parents never explained it to me and now I understand how serious it really is and how lucky I am

  8. Why would the students come with you I get that they need to experience that but if they were in there first part of training would they just get in the way?

  9. I was really sick and ended up in icu as a kid apparently I was extremely sick.(asthma) and doctors rushed to me after the nurse hit an alarm because I didn't have enough energy to stand

  10. Hopefully this never happens, but what if you have two or more code blues at once? How do the doctors split among the patients?

  11. what does anesthesiologist do? we had code blue other day during someones surgery. Are all nurses trained on exactly where all the meds are in he crash cart? that one actually seemed like it was organized by alphabetically

  12. Hi ur videos r 100 % I heard a code Blue in our A&E Hospital while visiting my dad more info u can call +447933511485*"love John

  13. Is this true for all hospitals? Very informative to see what it is like from a Doctors’ perspective after experiencing it from the patient’s side! About 7 years ago I was in the hospital for brain surgery for seizures. I was only a few days post-op and still adjusting when I had a seizure in my sleep. Luckily my husband (whom the hospital required stay with me) pushed the call button. That’s all he’ll tell me of the story, since nurses came in and called a code blue and it was all very traumatizing from a loved one’s perspective. He told me that they used the AED, people were packed into my room, and I had a constant parade of specialists coming to test me the following day. Which also happened to be St. Patrick’s Day, and I very much remember the fact that someone had to cut off the green shirt that I had been wearing to sleep in and replaced it with a standard boring hospital gown!

  14. I know this is off topic, but some of the things you said got me wondering about something that happened to my family back in August. So my sister and her fiancé were up playing games in the middle of the night when all of a sudden my sisters fiancé started making strange noises. She walked over and he slouched over and became unresponsive. She panicked and started screaming for my whole family to help. I ended up calling 911 and went down to see him slumped over taking huge gasps of air every minute or 2 and making strange noises. He looked like he was fighting to live to be quite honest. It was traumatizing, but I had to stay with him to describe how he was to the 911 operator. I at first thought it was a seizure, but soon remembered he had been complaining of heart palpitations for the previous 2 days and relayed that to the operator. They ended up doing CPR on him for a while in the ambulance, then took him to the hospital where he soon died. He was only 24 years old and him and my sister have a son together. I actually now suffer from major depression and became suicidal and have PTSD from seeing him in such a horrific way.. but I had to do what I had to do. Months later we found out the cause of his death: Cardiomyopathy. I'm wondering, was there anything me or my family could've done while waiting for the ambulance (they took about 10 minutes or so to arrive) to somehow save him? Was there any way at all to save him while he was in that state?

  15. My grandfather passed July 2nd 2018 but he was in a nursing home, it was 4:00am NL time. His heart and lungs gave out at the same time. For 2 years he was living with 28% of his lungs and a really bad heart 😣🥺 but he didn’t want to die in a hospital, anywhere but a hospital. He tried to hold on long enough to see me, but unfortunately he passed the day before we left for Newfoundland 🥺😓😣

  16. Two people coded when my dad was in CCU waiting for his heart transplant. I remember hearing that beep (it sounded like a cell phone alarm, not the beep you hear in movies and tv). The person next to my dad lived but security had to come in because the women's son was blocking the team and screaming they were doing things wrong. The other man that coded 2 beds down didn't make it 🙁 I still get anxiety when I hear certain cell phone alarms that sounds similar.

  17. Thanks for mentioning Security as well when explaining the codes. We are usually the least mentioned people within a Hospital. We are always glad to help during emergencies.

  18. Just wondering.. Just before I gave birth to my daughter the nurse stood by my side saying not to be alarmed but she needed assistance. The doctor came in and said they were loosing heart rate on baby and needed to place a wire in her head. After 5 minutes the light above my bed began to flash and Code blue came over the PA and It felt like 25 people rushed in with all types of equipment. They had to end up pushing her back in and turning her for delivery.. the most painful thing in the world even with an epidural. I have always been curious to why they called code blue if they had established heart rate with the wire ??? Thanks

  19. I’m just ADDICTED to watching these videos about codes. My Dad is a pharmacist at Legacy Health and my brother and I used to joke around with code yellow and code brown. Imagine that. Now that I know more about it, I’m just so interested!

  20. When I was a phlebotomist at a hospital I did morning rounds. First patient i went in, pt unconscious and foaming from mouth and i didnt pull the cord and i felt stupid. I asked for help and they called code on pt. Pt survived but I hadn't gone in for morning labs who would've known.

  21. This kinda has given me some peace. My dad died of a cardiac arrest 1.5 years ago. It was unwitnessed and I always felt like if I only had been there, maybe.. And because of the movies and films I formed an unrealistic view on people surviving a cardiac arrest. Seeing this explained helps.

    P.s.
    In september this year I am starting college to become a registered nurse.

  22. I found this channel last night and I'm obssesed. As a woman in STEM, seeing a channel like this run by a clearly intelligent and dedicated woman makes my heart so happy. Keep up the good work girl!

  23. I had weight loss surgery almost 2 years ago and had a code blue, it was very interesting to hear what went on and what they did to bring me back and I am thankful to all the nurses and doctors for saving my life❤️🙏

  24. how difficult is it to honor a DNR, i know that family may get adament (putting it mildly) about reviving the patient, but when I DNR is on file, how hard is it to just step back and let them go?

  25. Thanks for this video. About two weeks after you posted it, I coded in the hospital (aspiration pneumonia, respiratory failure and sepsis). It's interesting to see what went on when they were trying to save me.

  26. Hello! Could you make a video describing a memorable code blue you've had? I'm really interested in real life crazy stories. Ty!

  27. I was miss diagnosed with heart burn found out years later with blood work it was Celiac Disease

  28. When I was a baby, I was born early, and I ended up developing hydrocephalus. I got a ventriculopartioneal shunt at 4 months old. I am now 14, and I’ve only had one revision, back in December, and this is rare for children with hydrocephalus.

  29. I am a paramedic in the UK. Statistics, are out of hospital cardiac arrest is 1 in 10 people survive.
    And that is because early CPR has been started. We are trying to get CPR lessons compulsory in schools.

    As in some European schools, where they have it part of the national curriculum, 4 in 10 people survive an out of Hospital cardiac arrest. Which is a huge percentage, and something we want here in the UK.

    I give free CPR lessons to groups of people. And I teach as many young people as possible.
    In the UK, we have more and more public access defibrillators, which is making a huge difference.

    And we also have community first responders, they are all volunteers. They have a kit, with a defibrillator oxygen, ops, and some other things. These people get called out to, cardiac arrests, breathing difficulties, seizures, Strokes, Falls, chest pains, and the list goes on. These cover a 5-mile radius and they know the area very well which makes a huge difference.
    They just use their own cars but with no blue lights. They can get to the patient faster sometimes, and every second count in a cardiac arrest. The even get ROSC which is amazing.

    I did a witness cardiac arrest, out in the countryside the other day. Air ambulance, as well as an amblunce an RRV and a CFR.
    We had a Zoll lifeband on this person. So our hands are free to do other things.
    We have just about all you need on the air ambulance.
    From pocket-sized ultrasound machines, and we also carry universal blood.
    We worked on this person for one hour, we shocked 12 times got the pulse once. But went again
    Family arrived on the scene. Unfortunately, we called it.
    I know we all went above what was expected and could do no more.

    We do not move patients when CPR is ongoing, as we can do the very same as what they do in A&E. So there is no point.

  30. Oh my gosh, you have no idea how in love I am with this channel. Thank you so much for the videos ❤️❤️✨✨

  31. Dang, I could never be a doctor or even a Team Leader. I would be wayyy too stressful and feel really bad about myself if anything went incredibly wrong. Big respect! @Violin MD 👍🏻

  32. Dose anyone ever tell you how cute you are..??? An the smart thing is attractive too really ..!! Like your videos also

  33. So im still lowkey confused say somebody gets shot 5 times and end up dying later in the hospital does the code blue alert everyone when the person is in the middle of dying and alerting workers to go over there? Im just wondering cause a while ago someone i knew got shot 5 times and died in the hospital and was still alive when they arrived.

  34. Thanks because my grandad had to have code blue 2 times and it makes me so happy that her is out of the hospital
    But before I had a hate for dr when my sister died in hospital at 4 weeks old and then not helping her thank you for this it makes me not hate dr anymore and give my a rest of mind that they tried as hard as they could

  35. My dad had heart failure qnd when his heart stopped they worked on him for 10 minutes then put him on life support, he ended up passing the next day. Take care of yourselves everyone.

  36. I’m 18 and going to graduate and going to Medical school to be a Doctor 👩‍⚕️ so this is amazing for me

  37. I knew what code blue meant before I watched the video because I was in the hospital and just a few beds beside me a kid had a code blue. My nurse had me and that kid and she put me in his room and all of a sudden they were yelling code blue and all rushing in. I had to watch them do the code blue.

  38. I know this is really late and you probably will not see this but what happens if there are multiple code blues at a time?

  39. I am @ an age, 65, trying to decide on my end of life plan so my son won’t have to decide. I am not sure I would survive well the aftermath of a code. I have chronic pain & I am afraid of how the code would affect me after. My son would like me to be specific of what I would like to have done for my end of life. How do I know what I want done or not done b/c I don’t know what I will end dying of. Suggestions please?

  40. As an AEMT we run codes every so often. I am gutted when people blame themselves for the loss of a loved one after having administered CPR. Too often the goal is set at unrealistic standards when non medical professionals watch TV. Thank you for bringing attention to the realistic statistics, so more people understand. It is never easy to lose a loved one, but it is not a burden that someone needs to carry with them.

  41. Do doctors suffer with trauma? I can only imagine how heartbreaking it is to lose a patient. Do you ever feel guilt or pain after a situation? What do you do to help ease any of this?

  42. Love your videos 🙌💗 so interesting!!!! Love this!!! Have you ever lost a patient during code blue and if so what is the process? Is that the hardest part of your job?

  43. As a kid I was always in and out of hospitals when I was eight months old I could have died I don't know if a code blue was ever called on me as a baby or as a kid but my parents would have told me. Settling in my sophomore year of high school when I was 16 I lost someone very close from my church who I viewed as an aunt sadly it wasn't a heart attack it was a seizure and a code blue was called.

  44. Hello Dr. Siobhan,
    I know this is not your official title but it seems impersonal not to include your hard earned credentials.
    Hospice RN here. I often have to have the difficult conversation with families about obtaining a DNR. I am so happy to hear you be passionate about giving patients their options and allowing them to advocate for themselves.
    I love watching your videos. Keep up the great work!
    Kim, The Smitshow

  45. would a code blue not be called if the patient was competent and said upon being admitted (with the end of care goals you mentioned) they want to go in peace and not have to deal with going to ICU and stuff if they go into arrest?

  46. When I was a volunteer at the main lobby of the only local hospital in my city (At that time, we only had one. We now have three, including 2 Level 1 Trauma hospitals (Memorial Hermann, The Woodlands, and CHI St. Luke's. We can also call for LifeFlight (Memorial Hermann's emergency medical helicopter) to transfer the patient to one of the other 2 major trauma hospitals.

    I was working at the information desk one Wednesday evening in 2017, when an elderly gentleman walked up to my desk. He began to ask for a patient's room but, before he could say anything, he grabbed his chest, and fell to the floor, unconscious.

    I immediately screamed at the operator's desk to call a Code Blue. Then, I crawled out of my wheelchair, got on my knees, and immediately started CPR. I was doing CPR non-stop for four minutes, before help arrived to assist me.

    Since I had recently been certified in both first aid and CPR, I was able to handle the situation. By the time the Code Blue Team had arrived and placed him on the heart monitor, I was able to get his heart re-started on my own. He was released to go home 4 days later.

    I am a paraplegic, so this was difficult for me, but I did it and I saved that man's life. The doctor in charge of the code was extremely impressed on how I stayed level-headed, and was able to bring that man back from the brink of death, despite not having the use of my legs.

    I am now a pre-med student, studying at the University of Houston. When I finish my undergraduate coursework, I want to complete my graduate studies in Emergency Medicine either, here in the States, or in Toronto. I may be 45… but, if I won't let my wheelchair (or my age) stop me from saving someone's life… I won't that stop me from becoming an Emergency Room physician, either.

    By the way, do you know how I can find out if I need a student visa to complete my academic, and career goals, in Toronto? Also, if I want to become a Canadian citizen, how do I do it, and can I still visit the States on holidays without a passport??

    Keep the videos coming. The have taught me so much!!

    Melissa

  47. I'm extremely fortunate to have survived a code blue "witnessed arrest" as I drove myself to the hospital and was told i was having a heart attack. I had 100% blockage of LAD and fortunately survived and had a stent put in. I was brought back very quickly w/CPR and shocked and fortunately no ventilation needed.

  48. I know it been 9 months but…
    I want to be the person that talks to the family! I sounds like a pretty important job but I think I would do well. Is it just normal nurses (since I’m considering being a nurse or doctor anyways) or is it a whole separate job we’re they also talk to family after people pass? Silly question ik but I’m curious

  49. I can attest to how exhausting CPR is. I used to work in a nursing home for residents with dementia, and I was the Team Leader in charge of the entire home when it happened. I remember the emergency alarm went off in the home and when I arrived at the room the resident was lay face down on the floor unresponsive. When we turned him over his face was purple (something which I cannot to this day forget). I immediately phoned the ambulance and started CPR. I had never given CPR before but had been told how hard it was, and about how the ribs can break when you're doing it. I remember as soon as I started I could feel the residents rips cracking/clicking and he was making gasping noises. It was physically exhausting and even though the ambulance arrived in less than 5 minutes, I remember it felt like such a long time for me. When the ambulance arrived the paramedics took over and I helped where i could such as holding the residents legs in the air, but i witnessed them shock him with a defibrillator. The whole thing was surreal but I think I coped quite well, as my job as the Team Leader was to remain calm under the emergency situations. The paramedics advised that his heart was beating when they arrived but soon stopped again. He passed away in hospital later that night but not before his family managed to arrive from around the country (the UK) to say goodbye. I think about that day a lot, and it sometimes plagues my dreams. But I find solace in the fact his family could say goodbye to him before he went.

  50. Hi Siobhan! Two days ago I myself was part of a code blue (patient). I had turned blue due to a lack of oxygen going to my head. I live in a small town with not a big hospital so they had to call the code to get people to me before I went into arrest! Thanks for making this video, it really helps me to understand what happened in a scary moment where I was still able to hear everything that was going on!

  51. I once went for an endoscopy and when I woke up, the doctor said you started coughing, so we had to stop the procedure. I was sent home right after with my husband. My ribs and chest really hurt and by early evening, my neck was horribly swollen. My cousin who was a trauma nurse at that time and told her about my symptoms and she said if I didn’t know any better, I would have thought you were rescued. My husband said he remembered that an alarm was going off while I was in the surgical suite and doctors & nurses running in, he said jokingly hope that’s not my wife. We called the doctors office the next day to show him my neck and were basically told I had a sensitive esophagus and that was why they had to stop. Years later as I was preparing for a upcoming surgery, the new surgeon asked for those records. When he got them it clearly stated that CPR was performed on me; that now clearly explains why my ribs and chest hurt so much and why my neck was swollen. I do not understand why they never disclosed that, it is important to know, for future procedures, considering I am being treated for a rare cancer.

  52. It took me awhile to watch this because my dad recently died and this is what happened with him. I have a lot of anger because I feel like I was never told what happened or why it happened and I have never really been able to understand. This video helped a bit to put things into perceptive. I don’t want to spend my life being angry. It’s a hard process. Watching your loved one go through something like this is horrific. I have PTSD and it affects me daily. I was actually working my towards being a nurse but I’m not sure if I could do it now. Thank you for this video. It was hard but I’m glad I watched.

  53. I’m in nursing school with hopes to be a physician one day! (I know, I know… not always the most encouraged route.) I just wanted to say I love your videos and the amazing energy you exude 🥰

  54. I know it’s a deep thing, but could you do a video on how you’ve coped with losing a patient and stuff? I’m wanting to go into nursing but I know I have to prepare myself for it

  55. I like the students and medical staff with Me because the students knows more about my disabilities and disogeeses then potter and volunteers medical staff students and residents are very great in my experience

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