The Effects Of Family Presence During Resuscitation

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The Effects of Family Presence during Resuscitation in Adults
According to the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM), over 5.7 million patients are admitted annually to the intensive care unit (SCCM, n.d. ). Despite these high numbers, clinicians continue to debate about family presence during cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). On the mist of these crisis, family members may not want to abandon their loved ones. Some would argue that families have a right to choose and ease their anxiety. Family presence during resuscitation (FPDR) comes with multiple advantages. One of the advantage of FPDR is, giving the family an opportunity to morally support their loved ones (Leske, McAndrew, & Brazel, 2013). Another benefit of FPDR is being exposed of the resuscitation process, which may help family member process their loss post-death. Despite these advantages the controversies include, the fear of the invasive procedure traumatizing families. (Leske et al., 2013).
Providing Moral Support
During unexpected situations, some would argue that family members should have a right to choose whether to remain with their loved ones during CPR. While facing the fear of the unknown, being able to see the process and simultaneously provide moral support may give families and the patient hope. According to the qualitative experiment, families were grateful for the experience of being present during CPR, some participants expressed that they “wished they could get closer” (Leske et al., 2013).

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