Teamwork helps save two lives in Lexington, Kentucky–in one weekend

Teamwork helps save two lives in Lexington, Kentucky–in one weekend

Kneeling, L–R: Pat Warner (APRN) and Jeni Spaulding (LPN). Standing, L–R: Kristin Malone (RN, DON), Debbie Burke (LPN), Jennifer Privett (RN), Becky Hamilton (RN), Marc Gomez (RN), Alexis Parks (LPN) and Keith Gast (RN)

On the morning of March 7, 2014, Charge Nurse Jennifer Privett (RN) was called to intake to asses a 37-year-old female patient for clearance into jail custody. Upon her arrival, the patient presented a decreased level of consciousness, was lethargic, unable to walk or stand on her own and could not respond appropriately to questions. APRN Patricia Warner was called to assist with the patient’s assessment, and after observing the patient to have poor respiratory effort, a Code 101 (emergency ER transport) was called. Dr. Henry West, Rebecca Fields (RN), Bobbie Janis (LPN), Debbie Burke (LPN) and Kristin Malone (RN, DON) all responded to assist, and the team continued their efforts, administering oxygen and IV medication until the ambulance arrived.

Later the same day, Intake Officer Bowie was checking on inmates waiting in a holding cell when he observed a 38-year-old male lying on the floor. After attempting to wake the man with no success, Charge Nurse Keith Gast (RN) was notified that the man needed medical attention. The patient exhibited poor respiratory effort and was generally unresponsive, with non-reactive pupils and cyanotic (bluish) coloring around the mouth. Nurse Gast, also unable to wake the man, sounded a Code 101, and several teammates—Marc Gomez (RN), Kendra Long (RN), Jennifer Spaulding (LPN), Melissa Ison and Alexis Parks (LPN)—responded to assist. Again, the team worked together in their efforts until the ambulance arrived, care was transferred to paramedics.

In both of these cases, site staff and Corizon medical teams initiated effective and efficient team responses which led to positive outcomes for our patients. Since these events, a new recognition program has been created for those who demonstrate exceptional response during an emergency code. They will be given a “Rapid Response Team” t-shirt and earn “stripes” for future events as well.