Code blue: Seizures

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

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Abstract

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 1 2011

Keywords

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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience

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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