Intro/Background : Cardiac resuscitation presents unique challenges to the medical provider and educator, including communication, time sensitive tracking, team leadership and synchrony, and thinking critically in a high stress environment. CodeAssist is a novel iOS application designed to provide structure and guidance in the running of a cardiac arrest by leveraging logged data to create a real time heads up display, improving team dynamics and organization.
Objective : To design an application to be used during cardiac arrest scenarios that will leverage information traditionally recorded by the time keeper to create a heads up display for the code leader to keep time sensitive information visible and provide alerts and recommendations for actions. Goals include offloading cognitive burden and promoting team organization by analyzing data in real time to make recommendations based on known algorithms.
Methods : An iOS application was developed leveraging smartphone technology to create an external heads up display. All information is logged on an iOS device and analyzed locally in real time to generate concentrated actionable data which is neatly presented on an external display in the resuscitation area. This larger display showcases all important information for the code leader including timers, events, cumulative metrics, and algorithmic recommendations. Audio alerts and screen warnings help synchronize team members.