The purpose of this study was to the examine the effects of family-witnessed resuscitation (FWR) in patients experiencing trauma from motor vehicle crashes and gunshot wounds prior to hospitalization. Family members of 33 patients (motor vehicle crashes: n = 19, 57%; gunshot wounds: n = 14, 43%) participated in this study. Within 1 to 2 days after admission to critical care, families who witnessed resuscitation and those who did not witness resuscitation were asked to participate. Reliable and valid measures for family resources, coping, problem-solving communication, and well-being were used. Results indicated that scores for family resources, coping, problem-solving communication, and well-being were no different in families who witnessed resuscitation compared with those who did not witness resuscitation prior to hospitalization in this study. The effects of FWR during the prehospital time period are not detrimental to family members. Further research needs to be conducted to examine the effects of FWR.
Jane S. Leske, PhD, CNS-BC, is Professor, College of Nursing, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, and Karen Brasel, MD, MPH, is Professor of Surgery and Health Policy, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.
Corresponding Author: Jane S. Leske, PhD, CNS-BC, College of Nursing, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, 1921 E Hartford Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53201 (firstname.lastname@example.org).