Specialty Palliative Care in a Code Blue: An Unexpected Role

Michelle McWhirter, Peter Heikkinen, Giae Dérissé, Ambereen Kurwa Mehta

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Resuscitation codes in the hospital are intensely stressful events that impact the goals and outcomes of patients. Regardless of the outcome of the code, the event itself can be traumatic for the patient, surrogate decision makers, and health care team. The unique skills of each interdisciplinary specialty palliative care team member can assist with each step of the code to improve support and minimize suffering. We discuss a case of a hospitalized patient for whom a code blue was called and the roles of each specialty palliative care team member before, during, and after the event.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1747-1750
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of palliative medicine
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2022


  • code
  • hospital
  • inpatient
  • interdisciplinary team
  • palliative care
  • resuscitation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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