slow code


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A response to an emergency CPR—a ‘code’—in a hospital in which the speed typically associated with emergency resuscitation is not exercised and full therapeutic ‘firepower’ is not utilised

'slow code'

Hollywood code, light blue code, partial code, show code Medical ethics A response to an emergency CPR–a 'code' in a hospital in which the speed typically associated with emergency resuscitation is not exercised and full therapeutic 'firepower' not utilized. See Advance directives, DNR, Euthanasia, Hippocratic Oath, Kevorkian, Living will. Cf Code, Failed code.

slow code

(slō kōd)
Intentionally tardy response to a cardiorespiratory emergency so as to reduce the likelihood of a successful resusciation.
Synonym(s): man-made death (2) .

slow code

A colloquial term for the use of advanced cardiac life support with little if any intent to restore cardiopulmonary or neurological function. In some instances, slow resuscitative efforts are made when professional staff and moribund patients differ with respect to their interpretation of the appropriateness of end of life care. The practice, at best, rests on dubious moral and legal grounds. An alternate term, the “Hollywood Code, ” implies that the rescue attempt is made as a pretense.
See also: code
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In addition to the main research question, the study explored the effect of religious affiliation on writing DNRs and performing "slow codes." Results indicate that insurance status has a significant effect upon the likelihood of writing a DNR, with physicians more likely to write DNRs for patients covered by public (i.e., government-funded, as compared to private) insurance.
Was a slow code the only way to satisfy everyone involved at the moment, or was the decision made to avoid further conflict with the family?