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Few moments in medicine are more vividly and regularly captured in the lay media than the resuscitation response (ie, code blue) to an in-hospital cardiac arrest. However, there is concern that outcomes from resuscitation efforts are far better on television than in real life.1 Consequently, the public’s view of the implications of in-hospital cardiac arrest may be distorted, thereby complicating ensuing care planning, especially with regard to prognosis and whether to limit care or institute do-not-resuscitate (DNR) orders.
Angus DC. Successful Resuscitation From In-Hospital Cardiac Arrest—What Happens Next?. JAMA. 2015;314(12):1238-1239. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.11735