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Family Presence During Adult Resuscitation A Survey of Emergency Department Registered Nurses and Staff Attitudes

Family Presence During Adult Resuscitation A Survey of Emergency Department Registered Nurses and... Introduction: The Emergency Nurses Association and the American Heart Association support family presence during adult resuscitation (FPDAR). The purpose of this study was to evaluate the attitudes of registered nurses and staff regarding FPDAR in the emergency department (ED). Methods: A convenience sample of ED registered nurses and staff was carried out using a questionnaire-based survey. The survey queried respondents on experience with family presence during invasive procedures, including resuscitation, and perceived barriers and facilitators to FPDAR in the ED. Results: Seventy-nine surveys were analyzed. Sixty-five percent of the respondents had participated in FPDAR in the past year and 82% indicated they supported FPDAR. Barriers included families interference during resuscitation and increased levels of stress on the emergency resuscita- tion team. Discussion: Despite fear of families interfering and increased stress, most ED registered nurses and staff support FPDAR. There is a need for education to increase understanding of FPDAR. Key words: adult resuscitation, attitudes, family presence HE core concepts of family-centered to be provided throughout the life contin- care involve families in all aspects of uum, it only stands to reason that family pres- Thealthcare delivery. The family is the ence, be it during birth or upon death or http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal Wolters Kluwer Health

Family Presence During Adult Resuscitation A Survey of Emergency Department Registered Nurses and Staff Attitudes

Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal , Volume 32 (1) – Jan 1, 2010

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© 2010 Wolters Kluwer Health | Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
ISSN
1931-4485
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1931-4493
DOI
10.1097/TME.0b013e3181cbe902

Abstract

Introduction: The Emergency Nurses Association and the American Heart Association support family presence during adult resuscitation (FPDAR). The purpose of this study was to evaluate the attitudes of registered nurses and staff regarding FPDAR in the emergency department (ED). Methods: A convenience sample of ED registered nurses and staff was carried out using a questionnaire-based survey. The survey queried respondents on experience with family presence during invasive procedures, including resuscitation, and perceived barriers and facilitators to FPDAR in the ED. Results: Seventy-nine surveys were analyzed. Sixty-five percent of the respondents had participated in FPDAR in the past year and 82% indicated they supported FPDAR. Barriers included families interference during resuscitation and increased levels of stress on the emergency resuscita- tion team. Discussion: Despite fear of families interfering and increased stress, most ED registered nurses and staff support FPDAR. There is a need for education to increase understanding of FPDAR. Key words: adult resuscitation, attitudes, family presence HE core concepts of family-centered to be provided throughout the life contin- care involve families in all aspects of uum, it only stands to reason that family pres- Thealthcare delivery. The family is the ence, be it during birth or upon death or

Journal

Advanced Emergency Nursing JournalWolters Kluwer Health

Published: Jan 1, 2010

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