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Will the ICU respect my wishes to be a no code if I have a living will?

Julia Vicente, MSN
Critical Care Nursing
Laws regarding living wills and advanced directive vary from state to state. Even if you have a living will which spells out your specific wishes, your wishes should be respected if you are of sound mind to voice your desires in these matters. This works both ways. Patients who do not wish to be coded or have a do not resucitate (DNR) wish can change their mind at the last  minute and have a chance at resucitation. Patients who wish to have full-resuscitation can choose to have a no code, DNR status and no attempts at resuscitation at the last minute. Unfortunately, many people do not make their wishes known and legal, and so often families are left with making these important decisions. This can often lead to confusion, strife, and difficult choices.

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