Important changes to Adult Code Blue and MET response

Healthcare worker safety is paramount in our Pandemic response. Emergency patients in many areas, who are having an aerosol-generating procedure, are required to be managed in Tier 3 PPE. In line with these areas, we are moving to a higher level of PPE requirement for our HCWs attending Code Blues and MET calls.

All patients who deteriorate and require a Code Blue or MET response will be managed as if they are COVID positive – regardless of their known COVID status or setting of care.

This change will come into effect from 12pm midday on Friday 31 July 2020. Clinical areas are ensuring that they have adequate PPE stocks.

The main change is:

  • The first responder will apply Hudson Mask O2 10 L/min on the patient if in cardiac arrest
  • First Responder will leave the room to apply Tier 3 PPE before commencing Basic Life Support
  • Code Blue and MET teams will attend in Tier 3 PPE

Site-specific details can be found under Employee Resources > MET Call / Code Blue flowcharts

All clinical areas are required to stock adequate Tier 3 PPE for emergency responses.

Stuart Cavill will be coordinating the distribution of the kits.

Approved by Anjali Dhulia – Chief Medical Officer

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