Benefits of, and barriers to, family-witnessed resuscitation in practice
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Benefits of, and barriers to, family-witnessed resuscitation in practice

Caroline Drewe Lecturer, Faculty of Health Sciences, School of Health and Social Work, University of Hull, Hull, England

This article, discussing family witnessed resuscitation, is the first in a series providing nurses with information about essential aspects of critical care. Family witnessed resuscitation is not common practice in healthcare settings, despite its well-documented benefits. Lack of implementation arises because of fear and anxiety among healthcare practitioners about the potential negative consequences for the patient, the family and themselves. However, research has suggested that addressing these concerns could positively affect practice and increase the number of cases of family witnessed resuscitation. This article discusses the potential benefits of, and barriers to, family witnessed resuscitation and how the practice could become increasingly adopted in healthcare settings.


Nursing Standard. 31, 49,47-51. doi: 10.7748/ns.2017.e10699

Received: 30 September 2016

Accepted: 10 March 2017

Published in print: 02 August 2017

Peer review

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

Conflict Of Interest

None declared