To start out my third visit to Children’s, Dr. Billman gave me a choice on which project I wanted to focus on. I could either do the code blue training program introduced the first week, which was clearly very involved but valuable in terms of experience, or I could start with the radiology project introduced to me last week, in which I still wasn’t quite clear what my role would be. I was relieved that Dr. Billman was giving me the choice as I was afraid he had decided against letting me do the code blue project at all, and had shown me the radiology project in order to replace it. So, I ended up choosing the code blue project and got to work on it.
Basically, I was given a computer and told to just look on the internet for examples of mock code blues which could be used as models for implementing the drill here at Children’s. The first place I looked was the Undergraduate Research Quickstart page at the U’s library site, and I actually found a handful of extremely useful documents through the databases there, one of which basically spelled out how to design a continuous training curriculum for code blues in almost any hospital environment. So I just want to take a moment and be grateful for taking those Unravel workshops at the library, I’m sorry I ever thought or said they were useless wastes of time. Anyways, at the end I was given a packet to read by Dr Billman which described his ‘Model for Improvement’ method for implementing changes in the hospital. Next time, I guess I’ll start planning on how to actually put my research into action, which seems amazingly fast to me, but as I was told, there had already been incidents which could have been prevented by more code blue training.