Family presence during resuscitation: A randomised controlled trial of the impact of family presence

Holzhauser, Kerri, Finucane, Julie and De Vries, Susan (2006) Family presence during resuscitation: A randomised controlled trial of the impact of family presence. Australasian Emergency Nursing Journal, 8 4: 139-147. doi:10.1016/j.aenj.2005.10.003

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Author Holzhauser, Kerri
Finucane, Julie
De Vries, Susan
Title Family presence during resuscitation: A randomised controlled trial of the impact of family presence
Journal name Australasian Emergency Nursing Journal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1574-6267
Publication date 2006-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.aenj.2005.10.003
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 8
Issue 4
Start page 139
End page 147
Total pages 9
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Elsevier
Language eng
Subject 321103 Clinical Nursing - Secondary (Acute Care)
321100 Nursing
Abstract Introduction: This study was undertaken to determine effects on relatives of family presence in an emergency resuscitation room during resuscitation. Methods: This study was undertaken using a randomised controlled trial using survey methodology. The setting of the study was the emergency department of a major tertiary referral teaching hospital in Queensland. Participants were relatives over 18 years of age, related to patients meeting the inclusion criteria. Relatives were randomly assigned to the experimental or control group. The control group followed the established procedure of placement in the relatives' waiting room, while the experimental group was given the option to be present during the resuscitation with a supportive officer for assistance. Results: An association was found between those who were present (and their relative survived) and their belief that their presence was beneficial to the patient. Demographic data identified characteristics of the relatives. Conclusions: This work has identified that relatives find it beneficial to be present in the resuscitation room. Their presence helped with communication between staff and family, and helped relatives to cope with the situation.
Keyword resuscitation
family presence
randomized controlled trial
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ
Additional Notes Citation: Kerri Holzhauser, Julie Finucane and Susan M. De Vries (2006) Family Presence During Resuscitation: A Randomised Controlled Trial Of The Impact Of Family Presence, Australasian Emergency Nursing Journal 8 (4): 139-147 Copyright 2005 College of Emergency Nursing Australasia Ltd. All rights reserved. Single copies only may be downloaded and printed for a user's personal research and study.

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