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Witnessed resuscitation: good practice or not?
Elizabeth Rattrie Newly qualified registered nurse in adult nursing
Should relatives be given the choice to witness the resuscitation of a family member? From the available literature, three main topic areas emerge: research studies that allow witnessed resuscitation, the effects on relatives of witnessed resuscitation, and A&E staff attitudes towards witnessed resuscitation. There is abundant literature on the positive effects for relatives of witnessing the attempted resuscitation of a loved - one, the main benefit being that the grieving process was made easier. However, staff attitudes are mixed, making witnessed resuscitation a controversial topic.
Nursing Standard. 14, 24, 32-35. doi: 10.7748/ns2000.03.14.24.32.c2773