Jaques H (2014) Family presence at resuscitation attempts. Nursing Times; 110, 10: 20-21.
“UK resuscitation guidelines suggest that parents and carers should be allowed to be present during a resuscitation attempt in hospital but no guidance is available regarding family presence when resuscitation takes place out of hospital.
“A new research study has suggested that relatives who were offered the opportunity to witness resuscitation were less likely to develop symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder than those who were not given the chance.
“This article summarises the results of this study and provides an expert commentary on its conclusions.”
What do you think?
- Should families be present during resuscitation attempts?
- Should children be allowed to be present?
- What effect can witnessing an unsuccessful resuscitation have on a family member?
- Can family members’ presence affect health professionals’ ability to do their job?