Thank you for publishing the article “Family Presence in the Adult Burn Intensive Care Unit During Dressing Changes” (February 2013: 14–24). The authors demonstrate their commitment to patient- and family-centered care (PFCC) by incorporating family presence into yet another important clinical area. By studying the consequences of this intervention, they help increase our knowledge base. Although the patient satisfaction survey results were limited in scope and number, they showed promising results, and are consistent with other studies on family presence during resuscitation and procedures. Just as important, there were no negative events resulting from the change in practice. Many of us in the critical care community are convinced that family presence is essential for both patients and families. As the authors show with their literature review, there is still a shortage of studies on PFCC, although we are seeing a larger focus in more recent years. Even small studies such...
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Letters to the Editor| June 01 2013
Family presence in the ICU
Carol L. Thompson, PhD, ACNP, CCRN;
Crit Care Nurse (2013) 33 (3): 18.
Carol L. Thompson, Eric K. Shepard; On behalf of the Patient and Family Support Committee, Family presence in the ICU. Crit Care Nurse 1 June 2013; 33 (3): 18. doi: https://doi.org/10.4037/ccn2013156
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