# 023 Discussing DNR Orders-Part 1, 2nd ed


Medical College of Wisconsin (EPERC)


Background:  ‘Code status’ discussions with seriously ill patients should always take place in the context of the larger goals of care, using a step-wise approach. This Fast Fact introduces an approach to having these discussions; Fast Fact #24 discusses disagreements about ‘code status.’ Prior to any discussion of a do-not-resuscitate (DNR) order, physicians must know the data defining outcomes and morbidity of cardiopulmonary resuscitation in different patient populations (see Fast Fact #179).


July 2005

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Charles F. von Gunten, MD PhD and David E. Weissman, MD

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