Family presence during procedures and resuscitation
Invasive procedures and resuscitative efforts are commonly performed in the Emergency Department environment. Traditionally, family members were not invited into the room for invasive procedures and resuscitative efforts. Ethical guidelines and evidence from medical literature support family presence as helpful to patients and families, and does not interfere with resuscitative efforts or training. This presentation will discuss evidence from medical literature, ethical arguments for supporting and opposing family presence, and perspectives of families, physicians, and nurses. Practical guidelines inform best practices when inviting family to be present during invasive procedures and resuscitative efforts.