Code blue: Seizures

Matthew T. Hoerth, Joseph F. Drazkowski, Katherine H. Noe, Joseph I. Sirven

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Eyewitnesses frequently perceive seizures as life threatening. If an event occurs on the hospital premises, a "code blue" can be called which consumes considerable resources. The purpose of this study was to determine the frequency and characteristics of code blue calls for seizures and seizure mimickers. A retrospective review of a code blue log from 2001 through 2008 identified 50 seizure-like events, representing 5.3% of all codes. Twenty-eight (54%) occurred in inpatients; the other 22 (44%) events involved visitors or employees on the hospital premises. Eighty-six percent of the events were epileptic seizures. Seizure mimickers, particularly psychogenic nonepileptic seizures, were more common in the nonhospitalized group. Only five (17.9%) inpatients had a known diagnosis of epilepsy, compared with 17 (77.3%) of the nonhospitalized patients. This retrospective survey provides insights into how code blues are called on hospitalized versus nonhospitalized patients for seizure-like events.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)189-190
Number of pages2
JournalEpilepsy and Behavior
Volume21
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2011

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Keywords

  • Code blue
  • Epilepsy
  • Epilepsy monitoring unit
  • Medical emergency
  • Psychogenic nonepileptic seizures
  • Seizure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Neurology

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Hoerth, M. T., Drazkowski, J. F., Noe, K. H., & Sirven, J. I. (2011). Code blue: Seizures. Epilepsy and Behavior, 21(2), 189-190. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.yebeh.2011.03.035

Code blue : Seizures. / Hoerth, Matthew T.; Drazkowski, Joseph F.; Noe, Katherine H.; Sirven, Joseph I.

In: Epilepsy and Behavior, Vol. 21, No. 2, 06.2011, p. 189-190.

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Hoerth, MT, Drazkowski, JF, Noe, KH & Sirven, JI 2011, 'Code blue: Seizures', Epilepsy and Behavior, vol. 21, no. 2, pp. 189-190. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.yebeh.2011.03.035
Hoerth MT, Drazkowski JF, Noe KH, Sirven JI. Code blue: Seizures. Epilepsy and Behavior. 2011 Jun;21(2):189-190. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.yebeh.2011.03.035
Hoerth, Matthew T. ; Drazkowski, Joseph F. ; Noe, Katherine H. ; Sirven, Joseph I. / Code blue : Seizures. In: Epilepsy and Behavior. 2011 ; Vol. 21, No. 2. pp. 189-190.
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