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.
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