I had a "new admit" found unresponsive, no pulse, no RR at the beginning of my shift. What makes this such a crappy situation is the fact that NOWHERE in his chart did it say that he was a DNR. Naturally a code was called. This was a very old man, but because he had no DNR orders we had to code him. We began CPR as some of the assistants started making all of the STAT calls. When someone contacted the MD he said that the patient was a DNR and ordered to stop the CPR. Eventually, the DNR papers were found in the admissions office of all places.
I was completely ticked off when it turned out that this patient was a DNR. It made us all look stupid to try to resucitate him. It was twice as bad knowing that this was not what he wanted.
Still, I don't think that we were wrong in doing the CPR as we had no way of knowing what his wishes are thanks to the office.
To top off the wonderful evening it was suggested that no one chart that CPR was initiated since it shouldn't have been. It did get charted though.
This was a week ago, but it bothers me very much. I'm just wondering if any of you have ever been in a situation similar to this or if you guys have any thoughts about it.