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Dr Fay Leung


Dr. Matthew Kwok


Dr. Teddi Orenstein Lyall


Code Blue Emergency Equipment

Matthew Kwok

Dr. Matthew Kwok is an Emergency Physician at Richmond Hospital and Chair of the Code Blue Team.

“Code Blue.” These are words nobody wants to hear in a hospital. But when a patient suffers a cardiac arrest, those words are broadcast throughout the hospital. It’s like hearing alarm bells or the siren of an ambulance. It’s an emergency. Seconds count because a life hangs in the balance. Having properly trained staff to respond on a moment’s notice is essential. So is having the latest state-of-the-art equipment nearby.

Code Blue is international standard code for cardiac and respiratory arrest where the patient goes into cardiopulmonary arrest and needs emergency resuscitation in order to survive.

Code Blue emergencies can strike at any time and in any area of the hospital. Last year there were almost 40 Code Blue emergencies at Richmond Hospital. With dramatically increasing numbers of patients and emergency visits, at the current rate, Richmond Hospital will see 40-50 Code Blue emergencies this year.

Defibrillators: $323,000 
5 transport models required @ $25,000 each
11 on-site models required @ $18,000 each
Left to raise: $282,000


Richmond Hospital urgently needs to upgrade its aging, obsolete defibrillators, some of which are more than 10 years old.

In order to ensure the fastest response time for patients, Richmond Hospital’s Code Committee has moved to standardize all units across the hospital with the same make and model to ensure doctors need only be trained and familiar with a single unit wherever it may be to be able to focus all time on saving a life.

When a patient experiences cardiac arrest or stops breathing, and a Code Blue emergency is broadcast over the PA system, Richmond Hospital’s Code Blue team needs to respond immediately.

To save precious seconds, Code Blue equipment is stationed throughout Richmond Hospital. Defibrillators are one of those vital lifesaving pieces of medical equipment that emergency physicians use as part of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) when a patient no longer has a pulse or the patient’s heart beats irregularly. A defibrillator allows the physicians to diagnose the cardiac rhythm and then determine the voltage and timing for the electrical shock necessary to the heart for resuscitation.


3D Cardiac Echo Ultrasound
Required: $190,000
Left to raise: $190,000

It beats. It pumps. It circulates essential life-sustaining blood. Could there be a more important muscle in the human body? As one of our vital organs, the heart is responsible for helping to move nutrients and oxygen throughout our body and assists in removing waste.

Heart disease is the number one killer of men and women in Canada. With problems that range from having weak heart muscle to heart defects to valve problems to poor pumping, heart disease is serious and requires urgent medical attention. 

Lifesaving diagnoses, monitoring and treatment for heart problems all depend on state-of-the-art medical imaging.  An echocardiogram also known as a cardiac echo is one of the most vital and widely used tests in cardiology to monitor heart health. It helps to diagnose problems, monitor any potential changes in the heart over time and helps your cardiologist determine what further steps or tests might be required next. 

Richmond Hospital’s current dedicated cardiac echo ultrasound is the only dedicated cardiac echo ultrasound in all of Richmond. The current unit is now seven years old and has been a workhorse, operating day and night, seven days a week. Last year, more than 4,700 cardiac echo scans were performed for patients in the Emergency Department, Intensive Care Unit, the wards of Richmond Hospital, as well as outpatients requiring scans. 

The current unit is at the end of its lifespan and needs to be replaced before it is breaks down or becomes obsolete. Richmond Hospital simply cannot function without it, and patients should not have to be sent elsewhere for scans.

Cardiac Ultrasound

Dr. Teddi Lyall
Dr. Teddi Orenstein Lyall is a Richmond Hospital cardiologist

A new cardiac echo ultrasound with 3D capabilities will bring highly advanced medical technology to Richmond Hospital. Just as our cell phones and TVs have changed dramatically over this decade, so too has medical imaging. Today’s cardiac echo ultrasound offers unheard of resolution in 3D, a first at Richmond Hospital. New, innovative software will also provide accurate, detailed imaging and brand new visualization in a fraction of the time it currently takes to acquire an image, so that our cardiologists can make accurate diagnoses and consider what the next step is. All of this means better and faster patient care.