My patient today was a 93 yo women who had a pacemaker placed several days ago. She arrested on the table and 10 minutes of CPR was performed, and she was vented and sent to ICU. She is now on my step-down/tele unit, 5 days later. She has fractured ribs, a feeding tube, is very frail and weak, and needless to say, uncomfortable. I found out after my shift that she had signed DNR orders, as well as a DNR colored hospital braclet, prior to having her pacer placed ... in other words, everyone should have known she was a DNR. The nurse who informed me of this said Dr's don't like their patients to "die on the table", so they coded her. Has anyone heard of this happening? How can this be prevented? I fear for myself, and my own family going through this type of pain/suffering if my/their wishes are already expressed, and the Dr is aware. What does a person need to do to make sure their wishes are met?! I feel so sorry for this lady. I'm not sure the daughter has any interest in taking legal action, but what could be done if this was the case?