Respiratory Failure in setting of cardiac arrest
Do you think its appropriate to query for Respiratory Failure in the setting of a cardiac arrest/code?
Example: pt presents w/ weakness, metastatic cancer, & anemia. Goes to OR for exploratory lap. Post op day 4, patient found unresponsive, code blue called, and pt expires.
Usually in these situations, charting is scarce- pt found unresponsive, cpr initiated, pt intubated.... etc, etc. code unsuccessful, pt expired.
Sometimes I see documentation of "cardiopulmonary arrest" and sometimes I see just "cardiac arrest". (I know they both code to cardiac arrest). Thoughts on Respiratory Failure? I see both sides of the argument....