Code Pink is the alert used in BC’s hospitals for emergencies involving newborns. It triggers an immediate response from a specialized team of doctors, nurses and respiratory therapists.
When a Code Pink was issued in Burnaby Hospital after the birth of baby Owen, parents Heather and Jamie’s most joyous day quickly turned into their most frightening one.
“That day I became a mother and Jamie a father, but it was also the day we almost lost our precious newborn,” recalls Heather.
Owen wasn’t breathing and did not have a heartbeat. Infant CPR and resuscitation began.
The medical team brought in a new Leoni neonatal infant ventilator to assist in the life-saving response. Respiratory care for newborns is challenging, since too little air can cause baby lungs to collapse or too much air can puncture their delicate lungs. The Leoni ventilator is specially designed to provide breathing assistance to very small newborns.
Fortunately, Owen was saved. TB Vets is thankful to its donors for helping to purchase the ventilator that played such a critical role in the medical response.*