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September 22/29, 2015

Successful Resuscitation From In-Hospital Cardiac Arrest—What Happens Next?

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Critical Care Medicine, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 2Associate Editor, JAMA
JAMA. 2015;314(12):1238-1239. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.11735

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.

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