I am fairly new to this BB so I don't know if you've all covered this one before but here goes.
I get SO frustrated
with the physicians and how they determine a patient's code status. I have never heard a physician go into any detail with patients regarding CPR and all that go with it.
Usually the doc's ask the patient what they want us to do if their heart should stop or they should stop breathing. The patient usually says, "Everything but I don't want to be on any breathing machines" or "You can give me medications but no CPR". The doc's then leave it at that and write the order as such.
Don't you think the doc's should explain CPR or a code situation more clearly to the patient? Explain to them that if you code you will be on a breathing machine or if you code and your heart stops, medication won't do any good if your heart isn't beating to circulate the medication.
Maybe I am wrong, but patients have no idea what a code is like and families are worse. Don't get me wrong, I don't necessarily advocate everyone being a no code or anything like that. I just think that patients could make a more informed decision if they have the whole picture and understand the situation clearer.
Thanks for letting me vent and I'd be interested in your opinions.