I'm trying to find a universal way for our hospital to identify code status on our patients. Currently we put the code sheet in the front cover of the chart and the MD will mark the box that is appropriate per the wishes of the patient (Full Code, No Code, DNR/Comfort Measures, Code With Restrictions, Etc.).
My concern is that our first instinct (collectively) is to initiate CPR and call a code when we find a patient is not breathing. Worse yet, if the patient happens to be in the furthest room from the desk, we are wasting precious time running to the desk, trying to find the chart and by that time, someone might already performing CPR on the patient. Not a good thing if the patient is a No Code. But then again, precious seconds are ticking away by trying to hunt down what their code status is.
What protocol do you guys follow at your hospital? Really interested in your input...and thanks!
i know some hospitals might feel that it would violate patient confidentiality, but our hospital's policy is that all patients who are a no code have a blue ID bracelet... all full codes have a red... so if you're not familiar with the patient and you walk into the room, you can quickly determine if they're a code or not just by looking at the bracelet...
ETA: we also have code status' posted behind the main nursing desk, on the patient's charts and on the daily worksheets we get at the beginning of shift...
Last edit by Kudra on Jun 21, '04