Family-centred care during resuscitation events
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Family-centred care during resuscitation events

Kieran McLaughlin Emergency nurse practitioner, Western Health and Social Care Trust, Londonderry
Vidar Melby Senior lecturer in nursing, University of Ulster, Londonderry
Vivien Coates Professor of nursing, University of Ulster and Western Health and Social Care Trust, Londonderry

Kieran McLaughlin and colleagues outline the views of emergency nurses on the presence of families during and after attempts to resuscitate their loved ones

Caring for families of critically ill patients is part of emergency nurses’ role, but there is a difference of opinion about whether families should be present during resuscitation attempts. This article reports on an opinion survey conducted at two health and social care trusts in Northern Ireland, in which 160 emergency nurses were asked for their views on holistic family-centred care during and after resuscitation. Most participants said that, although they have a duty to provide such care, they are often prevented from doing so by lack of staff and time, and by inadequate education. In light of this finding, the article suggests that staff should take part in debriefing sessions and follow-up programmes should be made available for families after resuscitations have been attempted.

Emergency Nurse. 21, 3, 28-34. doi: 10.7748/en2013.


Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 27 January 2013

Accepted: 18 April 2013