Imagine seeing someone going through a cardiac arrest and seeing nurses roll up, hastily rummaging through a red garage tool box to find what they need to save that person.
That was what used to happen at Royal University Hospital before the arrival of 30 new state-of-the-art "Code Blue" carts Thursday. Each cart carries 150 life-saving items of equipment, medications and other supplies which are needed to help those with cardiac or respiratory arrest. RUH Manager of the Coronary Care Unit and Heart Health Operations Lisa Collard says these new carts are a huge upgrade from the old toolkits which needed a lot of work just to carry a defibrillator, let alone other equipment so they wouldn't tip over. Collard says these carts are also standardized, making it easier for those using the cart to find what they need to save a life. Head of the Division of Cadiology with the Saskatoon Health Region Dr. Erik PausJenssen says the increase in critical health patients at RUH is what created the demand for these new carts. RUH "Code Blue" response teams are called into action two to three times per week, or about 140 times per year. The "Code Blue" carts were purchased through the RUH Foundation's The GREATE.R. Campaign, aimed at addressing priority needs of emergency, trauma and critical care throughout the hospital. The total cost was $210,000, or $7,000 per cart.