What Does "Code Status" Mean?
Code status refers to type of treatment you want if you go into cardiopulmonary arrest - sudden loss of heart function, breathing and consciousness.
What do the different codes mean?
- Full Code Status: means you want all medical procedures to be utilized in attempt to restart a heartbeat and/or breathing. This may include cardiopulmonary (CPR) which involves chest compressions, electrical shocks to the heart and insertion of a breathing tube to breathe for you.
- Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) Status: means you do not want any type of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) if you stop breathing or your heart stops beating. DNR means you would instead prefer to die naturally.
- Do Not Intubate (DNI) Status: means that during a cardiopulmonary arrest, you want cardiac attempts at resuscitation, such as chest compressions and shocks to the heart, but you do not want a breathing tube inserted to breathe for you.