Author: Aaron Lessen, M.D.
- 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.