Many professional organizations have endorsed family presence (FP) during cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and many nurses favor this practice. However, family members have mixed opinions and there is limited information from patients. Bradley and colleagues interviewed adult patients to explore their perceptions of FP during CPR. They found at least half of the patients considered it important and felt they should be the decision makers about who is present. Younger age and nonwhite race were significantly associated with the desire for FP during CPR. Patients have preferences about FP, and reasons why they do or do not want FP include the following:

  • Benefits for both patient and family, such as not dying alone and helping families cope with end-of-life

  • Assurance that the health care team was performing CPR correctly and doing everything possible to revive them

  • Concern FP would distract the health care team...

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