The “Slow Code”….

A “Slow code” refers to the practice in a hospital or other medical centre to purposely respond slowly or incompletely to a patient in cardiac arrest, particularly in situations where CPR is of no medical benefit. -Wikipedia    

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A REAL Code “Blue”

A Real code

  “A real code, and real CPR is nothing like television or movies would have you believe. Its not a sexy doctor dramatically pounding his fist against a patients chest and yelling “Live Goddam it!” while a monotone flatline sounds from a monitor in the background and nurses somehow weep and swoon simultaneously. A real code is actually far worse; it is a violent, cold a cruel scene. Chest compressions have to be deep, hard and fast. All sex jokes aside, it is a physically demanding action usually resulting in broken ribs and internal organ damage. Large bore IV access is a necessity for the massive doses of epinephrine, lidocaine, and other potentially toxic medications that ironically if they weren’t capable of restarting a heart, they would surely stop it.

Successful resuscitation is not commonplace. What typically happens is a temporary restoration of vital signs that last hours, maybe days at best. In elderly or seriously ill patients, we often wonder if it is worth causing all the physical trauma a code entails. But if a person can be saved, and wants to be saved, who are we to decide their fate?” -Kelsey David Burnham Thank You for Dying: A Hospital Memoir.

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Thank you for Dying: A Hospital Memoir….

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“For general descriptive purposes, I have lumped all psychiatric patients into two convenient categories, the funny and the disturbing. We’ve all seen the ladder make headlines on CNN, from Ted Bundy to Ted Kaczynski. While I have had more than my share of experiences with the disturbing, I prefer to focus on the funny, and sleep better at night. (or during the day, such is the life of an RN)

   The funny, of course, is also a matter of opinion. Personally, I have always preferred the patients I find arguing with a coffee mug named Steve, the ones that are compelled to do a cartwheel any time a phone rings, or even the one apprehended after attempting to direct traffic at an intersection dressed as Napoleon Bonaparte.

   An all time personal favorite of mine was a man that believed he was God….”

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    “A real code, and real CPR is nothing like television or movies would have you believe. Its not a sexy doctor dramatically pounding his fist against a patients chest and yelling “Live Goddam it!” while a monotone flatline sounds from a monitor in the background and nurses somehow weep and swoon simultaneously. A real code is actually far worse; it is a violent, cold a cruel scene. Chest compressions have to be deep, hard and fast. All sex jokes aside, it is a physically demanding action usually resulting in broken ribs and internal organ damage. Large bore IV access is a necessity for the massive doses of epinephrine, lidocaine, and other potentially toxic medications that ironically if they weren’t capable of restarting a heart, they would surely stop it.

    Successful resuscitation is not commonplace. What typically happens is a temporary restoration of vital signs that last hours, maybe days at best. In elderly or seriously ill patients, we often wonder if it is worth causing all the physical trauma a code entails. But if a person can be saved, and wants to be saved, who are we to decide their fate?” -Kelsey David Burnham Slow Code.

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Slow Code / “Hollywood Code”

Slow Code

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Slow code refers to the practice in a hospital or other medical centre to purposely respond slowly or incompletely to a patient in cardiac arrest, particularly in situations where CPR is of no medical benefit.[1] The related term show code refers to the practice of a medical response that is faked for the sake of the patient’s family-Wikipedia

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Based on a true story….a dark, snarky tale of hospital adventure….

 “I knew going into this that I was probably in over my head medically speaking. But those fears turned out to be unfounded. What I hadn’t prepared for was a deeper problem. Did I really want to stare death in the face on a daily basis? There were definitely some faces I didn’t mind staring at around here…. but a balancing act like that couldn’t possibly be sustainable or healthy….even for me! What was worse, was this kind of self-exploration was something I was going to have to partake in on a regular basis? If this floor meant doing the right thing 12 hours a day, or even worse, growing up, then this might not be the adventure I had signed up for.”

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