Carrying the crash bleep
Have you been part of a resuscitation team? Kaushal Thota wonders what it's like
- By: Kaushal Thota
The very first time I carried a “crash” bleep was an interesting experience. I was more self aware. I felt older and more responsible than I had ever felt before in the clinical setting. Also, I felt slightly nervy as long as the red-black crash bleep was secured to my waist.
A crash bleep is normally carried by members of the resuscitation team of a hospital. This team is also commonly called the crash team, and consists of doctors and allied healthcare professionals who respond rapidly to a patient who has had a cardiopulmonary arrest in a hospital. The purpose of the crash bleep is to alert the select team about the exact location of the patient.
The crash bleep is a baton bleep, which means that at the end of a shift it is passed on to the person beginning the next shift, making it constantly operational. The typical