Original Article

Evaluation of Code Blue Implementation Outcomes


  • Bengü Özütürk
  • Nalan Muhammedoğlu
  • Emel Dal
  • Berna Çalışkan

Received Date: 30.10.2014 Accepted Date: 18.12.2014 Med Bull Haseki 2015;53(3):204-208


In this study, we aimed to emphasize the importance of Code Blue implementation and to determine deficiencies in this regard.


After obtaining the ethics committee approval, 225 patient’s code blue call data between 2012 and 2014 January were retrospectively analyzed. Age and gender of the patients, date and time of the call and the clinics giving Code Blue, the time needed for the Code Blue team to arrive, the rates of false Code Blue calls, reasons for Code Blue calls and patient outcomes were investigated.


A total of 225 patients (149 male, 76 female) were evaluated in the study. The mean age of the patients was 54.1 years. 142 (67.2%) Code Blue calls occurred after hours and by emergency unit. The mean time for the Code Blue team to arrive was 1.10 minutes. Spontaneous circulation was provided in 137 patients (60.8%); 88 (39.1%) died. The most commonly identified possible causes were of cardiac origin.


This study showed that Code Blue implementation with a professional team within an efficient and targeted time increase the survival rate. Therefore, we conclude that the application of Code Blue carried out by a trained team is an essential standard in hospitals.

Keywords: Code Blue, survival, education

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