Give yourself permission


March 10, 2021

By Jill Kruse, D.O.

The Prairie Doc

Whenever someone is admitted to the hospital, they are asked to stipulate their “code status.” Levels of code status include full code, meaning resuscitate and intubate if required; as well as various combinations of do not resuscitate (DNR) and do not intubate (DNI). In simple terms, a code status clarifies what you want the medical team to do in the event your heart stops or if your heart goes into a rhythm that is not compatible with life.

This question is often interpreted as follows: if you are about to die, do you want the medical team to do ev...

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