Occupation: Physician Informatics
16 year(s) of experience
cardiac/critical care/ informatics
Joined: Jun '05; Posts: 3,071; Likes: 908
I would say that if only cpr was in progress then it should be stopped, no harm done, however if patient is intubated. then i would get a doctors order and then someone would have to d/w family.
Dec 12, '05
Occupation: allnurses Asst Community Manager, APRN
25 year(s) of experience
Nephrology, Cardiology, ER, ICU
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In Illinois, in the pre-hospital environment, we can stop CPR and all other efforts after talking with the MD via phone. We do not start efforts if there is an injury incompatible with life. In the ER, we start CPR unless we can quickly find out the code status. If the patient is DNR, we always try to find out ahead of time.