Objectives Establishment of code status can be challenging in the acute care setting. The primary objective of the present study was to evaluate whether patients or their surrogate decision-makers were comfortable watching an educational video about resuscitation.
Methods This interventional pilot study involved a pre- and a postintervention survey of a convenience sample of emergency department (ED) patients who were admitted to the hospital. The study was conducted at an academic level-1 trauma centre within the normal flow of patient care over 4 months in 2017.
Results In total, 50 patients enrolled in the study. Among them, 82% were ‘very comfortable’ and 14% were ‘moderately comfortable’ watching the video. Overall, 61% of respondents were ‘very comfortable’ recommending the video to others. Watching the video resulted in a change in code status for 9 patients.
Conclusions Our results indicate that patients felt comfortable watching the video and recommending the video for further use. Watching the video did not result in a change in code status for most patients in this study. The study results indicate that a standardised patient education video on resuscitation code status was acceptable to patients and their family members and has potential for increased use in the ED.
- Clinical decisions
- End of life care
- Hospital care
- Education and training
- Cultural issues
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Contributors All listed authors contributed significantly to the development of the research project and manuscript. Authors ASF, MJS, CFT, JAS, LEW and CELB contributed to planning, conduct and reporting.
Funding This research received a grant from the Mayo Clinic Department of Emergency Medicine Small Grants Program <$10,000 from 2016–2018.
Competing interests None declared.
Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.
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