Pros and Cons of Family Presence During Resuscitation of a Loved One

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Traditionally, when a patient arrests in a hospital the family is taken away from their beloved ones to a waiting room while life-saving measures are initiated. For many years family members were not allowed in the room during the resuscitation because healthcare workers thought family presence would interfere with the resuscitation process, but the approach towards family presence has improved in recent years. (Wacht, Dopelt, Snir & Davidovitch, 2010). Professional organizations and national guidelines recommend family presence (FP) during resuscitation, and interestingly only 5% of US hospitals have a written policy on the family presence concept and follow the guidelines according to the policy (Oman & Duran, 2010). Evidence based …show more content…
As a result of the survey, the hospital established a family presence during resuscitation (FPDR) program directed by the hospital Chaplain. Later, ENA published a position statement supporting FPDR in 1995 (Nykiel et al., 2011). Nowadays making ethical decisions has become a daily nursing practice in the health care industry, and the complex ethical problems the health care professionals face with FPDR keep evolving as they attempt to provide care for their patients. Ethical decision making is a skill that can be developed based on the understanding of the underlying ethical principles, ethical theories, and professional code of ethics. Letting the family member be present during a code will result in a conflict of the health professional’s rights versus the patient’s family member’s rights, which eventually leads to an ethical dilemma. An ethical dilemma occurs when a moral conflict exists between two equally unfavorable commitments. FPDR is supported by ANA code of ethics Provision 2 because it states that the nurses primary commitment is to the patient, whether an individual, family, group or community. A patient comes from a family or group or community who were the care giver for that patient for many days or years. Advancements in medicine brought patients from a community to the hospital beds and

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