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Cross-sectional study
Support for presence during cardiopulmonary resuscitation if it is a child or relative, though views differ by gender
  1. Mae Ann Pasquale
  1. Nursing Department, Cedar Crest College, Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA
  1. Correspondence to : Dr Mae Ann Pasquale, Nursing Department, Cedar Crest College, 100 College Dr, Allentown, PA 18104, USA; mpasqual{at}cedarcrest.edu

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Implications for practice and research

  • Allowing family members the opportunity to actively participate in all aspects of a patient's care, including being present during the initiation of emergency procedures is important.

  • To assess the potential role of cultural differences, further studies exploring the perceptions of the wider public are needed.

Context

Concerns related to family presence during cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) have stimulated discussion/debate for decades. The discussion on whether to invite family members to be present during CPR is still an argumentative issue and the practice is not consistently implemented. While a number of studies indicate that the presence of a patient's family during CPR is beneficial for patients, their …

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