A survey of emergency department staff’s opinions and experiences of family presence during invasive procedures and resuscitation
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A survey of emergency department staff’s opinions and experiences of family presence during invasive procedures and resuscitation

Emma Magowan Emergency department clinical education facilitator, Belfast Health and Social Care Trust, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Vidar Melby Senior lecturer in nursing, School of Nursing, Ulster University, Derry, Northern Ireland

Aim To identify the views and experiences of emergency nurses and doctors of the presence of family members during invasive procedures and resuscitation events.

Methods 84 staff members from three emergency departments in one UK trust responded to a paper-based 22-item questionnaire developed by the authors.

Findings Staff expressed positive views about family presence during such traumatic events, but also expressed non-evidenced concerns about negative aspects of family presence.

Conclusion Future research should focus on exploring the views of patients and their families in culturally diverse societies or across culturally different countries. Such data could underpin culturally sensitive policies to guide the practice of family presence and identify the education required to support successful development of such policies. Using simulation-based learning methodology integrated with existing advanced life-support/advanced trauma life-support training could support successful implementation of family presence policies.

Emergency Nurse. doi: 10.7748/en.2019.e1908

Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and has been checked for plagiarism using automated software

Correspondence

v.melby@ulster.ac.uk

Conflict of interest

None declared

Magowan E, Melby V (2019) A survey of emergency department staff’s opinions and experiences of family presence during invasive procedures and resuscitation. Emergency Nurse. doi: 10.7748/en.2019.e1908

Acknowledgement

The authors acknowledge the support of busy emergency care staff members, without which this study would not have been completed

Published online: 02 April 2019

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