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Calling a Code Blue

How to Call a Code Blue

The red button in the room will alert the nursing station.

The blue button at the nursing station will send out a page to the Code Blue team as well as to locating, who will then call a Code Blue overhead. They will use the unit identifying word for each letter - A: Alpha, B: Bravo, C: Charlie, D: Delta (e.g. 5A, Alpha).

To call a code blue, dial 25 and then give the location of the code. Any phone in the hospital can be used to call 25. When 25 is dialed it will only alert locating who will then page the Code Blue team.

Stat calls can be initiated by dialing 25 as well.

For all other emergencies dial 5555.

Who Responds to a Code Blue?

  • Paediatric Associate: Code Blue Team Leader
  • Paediatric Resident
  • Anaesthesia Fellow and/or Resident
  • Respiratory Therapist (RT)
  • Emergency Nurse
  • Nurse from Critical Care Response Team
  • Fellow from Critical Care Response Team
  • CHS Director or delegate
  • Transport Aide
  • Protection Services Officer
  • Chaplain

Note: The IV team, Surgical Resident and Cardiac Surgical Fellow do not automatically respond to a Code Blue – they must be paged separately if needed.

The Nurse’s Role

Discoverer Nurse - initiate and continue CPR

Resource Nurse - assist with airway management, procedures and equipment

Medication Nurse - assist with the preparation/administration of fluids and medications

Recorder/Nurse in Charge - organize the nursing roles/responsibilities and document arrest events