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An order given by a physician to refrain from initiating a code blue for a patient undergoing cardiac arrest.
Etymology: AS, na, not; L, caudex, book
a note written in the patient record and signed by a qualified, usually senior or attending physician instructing the staff of the institution not to attempt to resuscitate a particular patient in the event of cardiac or respiratory failure. This instruction is usually given only when a patient is so gravely ill that death is imminent and inevitable. Also used is DNR ("do not resuscitate)." See also code,def. 5.
no code(nō kōd)
Statement that indicates that the patient has refused cardiopulmonary resuscitation if breathing stops and heart failure occurs.