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ETHICS IN MEDICINE   University of Washington School of Medicine

Do Not Resuscitate Orders:
Case 3 Discussion

“Slow codes” are deceitful, and therefore are not ethically justifiable. During slow codes, health care providers act in such a manner that provides families with the perception that they respect patients’ decisions yet they knowingly do not provide a full resuscitative effort. This approach has the potential to disrupt the patient-physician relationship. Rather than acting in a deceitful manner, ongoing conversations regarding Mrs. W’s goals while remaining transparent regarding the limitations of medicine is essential to develop a mutual and shared care plan between the medical providers and Mrs. W.
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