A new ethics case study that examines the ethical implications of “slow” or “show” codes is now available for CME/MOC credit.
Physicians and care teams should not knowingly perform resuscitation in ways that are slower, less aggressive, or lacking certain standard procedures in cases where they anticipate unsuccessful resuscitation but families want “everything done.” This case study highlights the importance of communicating with patients and their families about what is in their best interest, as well as the necessity of advance care planning.
The case addresses the ethical issues associated with “slow” or “show” codes, including patient autonomy, the patient-physician relationship, and professional integrity. This ethics case study was developed by ACP's Ethics, Professionalism, and Human Rights Committee and the Center for Ethics and Professionalism. Learn more about ethics and professionalism activities at ACP online.