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Code Blue: A Family Matter?

Goforth, Rhonda

doi: 10.1097/CNJ.0b013e318283d8ae
Feature: practice

ABSTRACT: The focus of this article is to encourage nurses and other healthcare staff to allow family members to be present during a resuscitation event. The author offers rationale, history, and simple guidelines for supporting families during this excruciating experience.

How can we support family members and friends during the excruciating experience of resuscitation?

Rhonda Goforth, BSN, RN, is an MSN student at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Indiana. She is currently working in an outpatient hemodialysis center, with previous experience in the emergency room, medical surgical unit, operating room, recovery room, and correctional nursing. Rhonda is a member of Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Elwood, Indiana.

Accepted by peer review 7/16/12.

The author declares no conflict of interest.

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