News Item – Software helps save lives by alerting doctors to crisis before a ‘Code Blue’ is called

Ten years ago, critical care doctor Alison Fox-Robichaud would hear “Code Blue” on the public speakers in Hamilton General Hospital’s intensive care unit every day.

This year, Fox-Robichaud partnered with IBM to create a computer program that scans vital signs and calculates the warning score automatically. Now, when the new screening process detects a score of six or more, it triggers a pager warning to the members of the rapid-response team.

“For every 3.4 people we recognize to have a score of six or more, we save one life [by intervening early],” said Fox-Robichaud.

Full article at: CBC News