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Keywords

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation, CPR, Family, Resuscitation

 

Authors

  1. Sherman, David A. MSN, RN, CCRN-CMC

Abstract

Nursing leaders are responsible in part for implementing procedures supporting family presence during cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Family presence has received broad support in nursing literature and from professional organizations. A case study suggests that, when a patient's spokesperson is struggling with the question of whether to set limits to treatments, allowing family presence may inappropriately prolong futile care.