Podcast #248: Family Presence During Resuscitation

Author: Aaron Lessen, M.D.

Educational Pearls

  • Traditionally the family is removed from the room during procedures and codes, but recent research shows that family presence may be beneficial.
  • 50% patients want family present during a code.
  • Family-related outcomes were improved with presence.
  • There was no change in medical outcomes, and no increased incidence of medicolegal issues.

References: Jabre et al. Family Presence during Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation. NEJM. 2013.

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