Chemical code vs full code - page 2

Hi everyone !!! I have come across a most frustrating issue at work..and I was wanting your input so I can properly deal with this --- I had 74 yr old pt...dx was brain stem CVA with very poor... Read More

  1. by   Stormy
    Actually, we are just putting the final touches on our new DNR policy that defines levels of resuscitation. We are hoping that it clears things up a bit for nursing. As we have all experienced, DNR orders (or lack thereof) can be confusing at times. I hope we aren't making a mistake!!!
  2. by   Dr. Kate
    It comes and it goes this chemical/med code business. Just when this old lady thought it was gone it came back with a vengence. While I think the designation is silly, I do understand it. In truth there is little harm a chemical code does and it can be an acceptable alternative for a family that is not ready to make the decision to let a loved one go.
    Also, somewhere along the line your residents need to get the message that doing something to a patient that they do not want can lead to charges of battery and that's a fair way to end a medical career before it starts.
  3. by   l-andre
    Originally posted by dawngloves
    Some places even have different code levels! It is SO confusing. And I always wonder, how many chemicals do you put in a dead arm before you call it? I mean, if oxygenated blood is not circulating, what is the point??
    My point exactly!!!
    Sometimes it seems it's just an excuse for not getting a DNR.
    "Chemical code", we call that "simili code".

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