Understanding Medical Orders

One of the most difficult (and surreal!) decisions that you as a parent may have to make about your child’s care—especially when you are no longer pursuing a cure and when comfort is THE goal of care—is whether or not there should be any attempts to revive (or resuscitate) your child if and when your child’s heart or breathing stops. As part of this decision-making process, you may be asked by your child’s medical team to consider one or more of the alphabet-soup of medical orders for your child.