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.”