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Shambolic CPR – Hollywood Codes, Slow Codes, and Show Codes

The term “shambolic” was recently used in a complaint now heading to the UK General Medical Council.  I like this term.  It might be used to describe situations in which CPR is not administered in a standard way but the deviation is disguised and hidden from the family.

Commonly known as Hollywood Codes, Slow Codes, or Short Codes; these interventions are generally not considered ethically justified.  In contrast, Short Codes are justifiable.  In a Short Code, no ex ante decision is made about code status.  Clinicians respond as usual.  But the duration of the code may be limited when clinicians judge in the moment that continued resuscitation efforts will not be effective or beneficial.

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