How do you deal with a bad code?

Dealing with death is unavoidable for many nurses. We see it often. It’s not something nursing school can teach you. And it’s surely not anything you can read out of a book. How you recover emotionally will set the pace of your career, especially if you work in acute care. But, how do you gather yourself after an “arrest” that rocked you to your core?

Here are some things I suggest:

  • Recognize its importance
  • Talk about it
  • Allow them to die with dignity
  • It’s an honor
  • Treat every single death like it’s the first
  • It’s absolutely OK to cry
  • Take care of yourself
  • Do something for someone else
  • Find the balance
  • Debrief

And the one thing that you should NEVER do…? Check out the video below for my answer:

**IMPORTANT NOTICE** This was a recording from my Instagram account, so it’s not the highest quality (wonky formatting). Some of the video content and conversation is out of context, but I thought the information was valuable and wanted to share it here. I hope you don’t mind.

 

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What if your patient had a DNR tattoo?

“DO NOT RESUSCITATE” tattooed across your patients’ chest and they lose their pulse. What would you do?

Within the inner circles of the nursing profession we joke about getting this tattoo… well someone actually did it.

I offer my thoughts on this moral dilemma on my Instagram story.

Check out the links below for the story and some follow up commentary blog posts:

A man collapsed with ‘Do Not Resuscitate’ tattooed on his chest. Doctors didn’t know what to do.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2017/12/01/a-man-collapsed-with-do-not-resuscitate-tattooed-on-his-chest-doctors-didnt-know-what-to-do/?utm_term=.54b9eb0c5c4b

An Unconscious Patient with a DNR Tattoo
http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMc1713344

DNR Tattoos: “Do Not Respect?” #IncidentReport 124 ZDoggMD:

 

 

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How do you stay calm during a code blue?

 

How do you not ‘freeze’ during when running a code as a nurse? How do you not lose your S&!%?

I offer some helpful tips.

Hey, Sean… Do you have any recommendations for keeping staff calm during a rapid response?

 

 

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