, Volume 40, Issue 12, pp 1954-1956
Date: 11 Jul 2014

Family presence during cardiopulmonary resuscitation: an opportunity for meaning-making in bereavement

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The practice of allowing family members to be present during invasive procedures or cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) of their relative has been debated for decades. With the rise of family-centered care (FFC), family input into health care decisions has increased and strict visitation policies in the intensive care unit (ICU) have relaxed, even including family member participation in simple care activities (aspiration of secretions, changing the patient’s position).

But what is patient- and family-centered health care exactly? The Institute of Patient and Family Centered Care states that “Patient- and family-centered care is an approach to the planning, delivery, and evaluation of health care that is grounded in mutually beneficial partnerships among health care providers, patients, and families. It redefines the relationships in health care” (http://www.ipfcc.org/). In this approach, health care practitioners (HCPs) recognize the vital role that families play in ensuring the health ...