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Family member presence during resuscitation in the emergency department: an Australian perspective

Redley, Bernice, Botti, Mari and Duke, Maxine 2004, Family member presence during resuscitation in the emergency department: an Australian perspective, Emergency medicine Australasia, vol. 16, no. 4, pp. 295-308, doi: 10.1111/j.1742-6723.2004.00620.x.

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Title Family member presence during resuscitation in the emergency department: an Australian perspective
Author(s) Redley, BerniceORCID iD for Redley, Bernice
Botti, MariORCID iD for Botti, Mari
Duke, MaxineORCID iD for Duke, Maxine
Journal name Emergency medicine Australasia
Volume number 16
Issue number 4
Start page 295
End page 308
Publisher Blackwell Publishing
Place of publication Malden, MA
Publication date 2004-07-28
ISSN 1742-6731
Keyword(s) emergency department
invasive procedures
Summary Objective: The practice of family member presence during resuscitation in the ED has attracted widespread attention over the last few decades. Despite the recommendations of international organizations, clinical staff remain reluctant to engage in this practice in many EDs. This paper separates the evidence from opinion to determine the current state of knowledge about this practice.

A search strategy was developed and used to locate research based publications, which were subsequently reviewed for the strength of evidence providing the basis for recommendations.

Results: The literature was examined to reveal what patients and their family members want; the outcomes of family presence during resuscitation for patients and their family members; staff views and practices regarding family presence during resuscitation. Findings suggest that providing the opportunity to be with their critically ill family member is both important to and beneficial for families, however, disparity in staff views has been identified as a major obstacle to family presence during resuscitation. Examination of published guidelines and staff practices described in the literature revealed consistent elements.

Conclusion: Although critics point to the lack of rigour in this body of literature, the current state of knowledge suggests merit in pursuing future research to examine and measure effects of family member presence during resuscitation on patients, family members and healthcare providers.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/j.1742-6723.2004.00620.x
Field of Research 111003 Clinical Nursing: Secondary (Acute Care)
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Nursing and Midwifery
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