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:
The authors recommend that hospitals establish a FP during CPR policy that considers the patient’s preference.
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