What is a “Full Code” in Medicine?

The Huffington Post says that “full code” is a hospital term that means to step in if a patient stops breathing or if their heart stops beating. It is the opposite code of “Do Not Resuscitate/Do Not Intubate,” which is written as “DNR/DNI.”

The Huffington Post says that when a patient goes to a hospital, she is automatically given a full code unless she or her family asks for something different. When a patient is under full code, the hospital has the right to try to bring them back from the brink of death. In an emergency, a patient can choose to only allow certain treatments, like intubation but not resuscitation.

Misha Khatri
Misha Khatri is an emeritus professor in the University of Notre Dame's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BSc in Chemistry and Mathematics and a PhD in Physical Analytical Chemistry from the University of Utah.

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