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Implementing a Family Presence Protocol Option

York, Nancy L. RN, MSN

Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing: March/April 2004 - Volume 23 - Issue 2 - p 84-88
Leadership DIMENSION

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.

Should a family be present during resuscitation efforts? This article provides the rationale and process for implementing a family present program during resuscitation.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Nancy L. York, RN, MSN, is an Assistant Professor of Nursing at Bellarmine University in Louisville, KY. She is also a PhD nursing student at the University of Kentucky in Lexington.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to: Nancy L. York, RN, MSN, Bellarmine University, 2001 Newburg Rd, Miles Hall, Louisville, KY 40205 (nyork@bellarmine.edu).

© 2004 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.