Dr. Yang finds herself with a code blue patient.  She calls for a crash cart and tries to resuscitate the patient.  The nurse turns off the machines because she sees the patient is DNR.  Although Dr. Yang feels the need to save the patient she must respect the patient’s wishes and she calls time of death.

Season 1 Episode 4

1. Does it make sense to respect a patient’s prior wishes during a situation in which the patient’s life is on the line?

2. Why might it be difficult to respect a patient’s wishes to not be resuscitated in such a situation?

3. Can a patient truly consent in advance to a situation in which the patient has most likely never been in before?