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Benefits and pitfalls of family presence during resuscitation

In 1995 the RCN, in partnership with the British Association for Accident and Emergency Medicine, recommended that family witnessed resuscitation (FWR) should be fully supported. Despite this it is likely that close family members will still be requested to leave during resuscitation attempts. The rationale for this is the need to protect the relatives from the perceived brutality of the resuscitation attempt (Osuagwu, 1991).

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