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Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing:
Leadership DIMENSION

Implementing a Family Presence Protocol Option

York, Nancy L. RN, MSN

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Families’ needs of patients being resuscitated in critical care areas are frequently not a high priority for the healthcare team. However, recent research suggests family member presence during life-saving efforts may help families cope with the devastating outcomes of unsuccessful resuscitation. This article provides the rationale and process for implementing a family presence option during resuscitation.

© 2004 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.


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