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Research Article

Family-Witnessed Resuscitation: Perceptions of Nurses and Doctors Working in an Australian Emergency Department

Table 4

Summary of reasons staff would or would not invite family presence by occupation and frequency of response.

Reasons forDoctors
(n)
Nurses
(n)
Reasons why notDoctors
(n)
Nurses
(n)

Assist with grieving process930Unacceptable behavior from family 8 29
See all efforts have been made630Against family wishes58
Family option523Inadequate support49
When patient is a child110Against patient wishes18
Patient choice35Disruption to resuscitation process43
Help make the decision (to stop resuscitation)03No benefit32
Provide medical history03Team being uncomfortable23
Acceptable behaviour (family)12Limited space22
Past negative experience13
When relative is a child21
Aged person12
Feel pressure to continue resuscitation12
Performance being scrutinized02

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