The slow code has been getting a lot of attention over the past week. First, there was an excellent webinar at Children's Mercy Bioethics Center. And Robert Cribb covered the topic in the latest in his end-of-life medicine series in the Toronto Star .
I especially liked this part of Cribb's article:
Lantos acknowledges that many in the medical community have called his defence of slow codes a paternalistic endorsement of cloak-and-dagger secrecy. “It’s a nice argument,” he says. “But why is honesty so obviously the only moral consideration? There’s an argument against the brutal-honesty approach. Families might be better off if you do a little CPR and say, ‘I’m very sorry but your loved one died.’”