European cardiovascular nurses' experiences of and attitudes towards having family members present in the resuscitation room

Axelsson, Asa B., Fridlund, Bengt, Moons, Philip, Martensson, Jan, Reimer, Wilma Scholte op, Smith, Karen, Stromberg, Anna, Thompson, David R. and Norekval, Tone M. (2009) European cardiovascular nurses' experiences of and attitudes towards having family members present in the resuscitation room. European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 9 1: 15-23. doi:10.1016/j.ejcnurse.2009.10.001

Author Axelsson, Asa B.
Fridlund, Bengt
Moons, Philip
Martensson, Jan
Reimer, Wilma Scholte op
Smith, Karen
Stromberg, Anna
Thompson, David R.
Norekval, Tone M.
Title European cardiovascular nurses' experiences of and attitudes towards having family members present in the resuscitation room
Formatted title
European cardiovascular nurses' experiences of and attitudes towards having family members present in the resuscitation room
Journal name European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1474-5151
Publication date 2009-11-04
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.ejcnurse.2009.10.001
Volume 9
Issue 1
Start page 15
End page 23
Total pages 9
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Subject C1
110201 Cardiology (incl. Cardiovascular Diseases)
920103 Cardiovascular System and Diseases
Formatted abstract
Purpose: To investigate cardiovascular nurses' experiences of and attitudes towards the presence of family members during resuscitation of adult patients.
Methods: A 36-item questionnaire exploring the experiences of and attitudes towards family members being present in the resuscitation room was distributed to a convenience sample of nurses attending three national and one international cardiovascular nursing conferences held in Europe during 2007.
Results: Of 820 questionnaires distributed, 411(50%) completed ones were returned. Of these 411 respondents, 178 (44%) had experienced at least one situation of families being present. Positive (23%) and negative (21%) experiences of family presence were equally distributed. Only 28 (7%) respondents stated that their unit had a protocol covering family presence. Nurses in Ireland (n=30; 59%) and the UK (n=18;
55%) were most likely to have experienced family presence and protocols relating to this were most commonly found in the UK (n=4; 14%).
Conclusion: Less than half of the included European cardiovascular nurses had experienced a situation of families being present during resuscitation and protocols pertaining to this were rare. There was no clear attitude towards family presence, though experience in nursing made nurses more favourable towards it.
Keyword Cardiopulmonary resuscitation
Family presence
Famialy witnessed resuscitation
Cardiovascular nurses
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