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Most nurses back parental presence during child CPR

Two-thirds of nurses believe parents should be allowed the option of being with their child during cardiopulmonary resuscitation, a survey suggests.

Two-thirds of nurses believe parents should be allowed the option of being with their child during cardiopulmonary resuscitation, a survey suggests.

Nurse researchers surveyed 158 paediatric critical care nurses attending a European conference. The majority of respondents, 63%, said parents should always be offered the opportunity to be with the patient during resuscitation.

Most thought parents would be more likely to accept decisions to withdraw treatment if they were present at the time, said the authors from Bournemouth University and the University of the West of England. However, some felt that parental presence could lead to problems of confidentiality or arguments with the resuscitation team, they added.

Only 12% of the sample reported that their department had a resuscitation protocol that covered parental presence.

International Journal of Nursing Studies (2007) 44: 1238-1249

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