For the family of baby Savannah, it was one of the most terrifying moments. “There were two people sitting there rubbing our backs while this incredible team worked,” said Savannah’s grandmother, Shawn Gay.
While in the NICU at Golisano Children’s Hospital, Savannah stopped breathing—and in a matter of seconds, the nurses flew into action. “One of the nurses could anticipate the needs of the other,” said Gay.
PICU supervisor Misty Teeter says the teams practice life-saving drills regularly with the hope that if an emergency happens, they’re ready to respond. “Everybody’s ears perk up because they know what a code blue means, and they know the weight that that code blue holds,” Teeter said.
Code blue at Golisano Children’s Hospital means a patient is in cardiac arrest. A program called pediatric code prep asks nurses to practice drills every three months to keep their skills proficient. “If you’re the first person to walk into a room and you assess your patient, and you notice your patient is not doing so great, whether they are pulseless or not breathing, you know right then you are rescuer number one,” said Teeter.
Studies have shown early intervention leads to better outcomes—a statement that proved true for baby Savannah. “The level of care, professionalism, for being a horrific, life-altering situation, these people handled it with grace,” Gay said.
A program designed to empower nurses and save lives.
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