Nursing assistant Kyle Upton awarded 2018 Great Catch for his quick thinking

Kyle Upton, nursing assistant on 6JPP Neonatal Intensive Care Unit 1

Kyle Upton’s quick thinking saved the life of a 9-day-old infant in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. When a monitor appeared to be malfunctioning, he checked and realized it wasn’t a problem with the monitor, but it was a medical issue that the patient was experiencing. The medical team was then called in.

Upton is a nursing assistant on 6JPP NIC1 and has been given the 2018 Great Catch Award for his efforts. The Great Catch Award is voted on annually by UI Health Care employees and chosen out of the entire year’s Good Catch Award winners. It it awarded each year during Patient Safety Week.

His nomination reads:

“Kyle was responsible for saving the life of the infant patient. He was asked by the nursing care team to evaluate this patient’s monitor to see if there was something mechanically wrong. He quickly recognized that the pulse oximeter monitor’s malfunction was due to inadequate cardiac output from an unexpected ductal dependent lesion (hypoplastic aortic arch and aortic coarctation) presenting unexpectedly on day of life 9 and not from a probe malfunction. By recognizing this and quickly notifying the medical team, the medical team was able to rapidly make the diagnosis and medically stabilize the infant by medically re-opening the duct. His rapid reaction that the problem was medical and not mechanical saved this patient’s life.”

Left to right: Suresh Gunasekaran, MBA, Krista M. Johnson, MD, MME, Mike Brownlee, PharmD, MS, FASHP, Kyle Upton, Theresa Brennan, MD, Michael B. Edmond, MD, MPH, MPA

Great Catch Award presentation with Krista M. Johnson, MD, MME


  1. Kyle is a gem! He consistently goes above and beyond, and is the definition of a team player! Congratulations!

  2. I couldn’t be prouder of you, Kyle! To save another’s life is a blessing. You deserve this recognition reward. You are capable of so much goodness in a world where that quality is hard to find. I am in awe of your capabilities! Few of us can say we saved a life and life is so precious ❤️

  3. Kyle you are so dedicated and so worthy of being recognized! Not just in this extraordinary example, but in all the “ordinary” work you do with consistency and good humor.

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