Mark Nevins
Journal of Paramedic Practice, Vol. 8, Iss. 6, 03 Jun 2016, pp 302 - 310

This study aimed to gain insight into the feelings and perceptions of family
members who witness an adult family member resuscitation. Little is known
about family members' experiences and their needs and priorities. Resuscitation
is a complex and highly emotive situation but guidance for paramedics to
support families either in the decision-making process or to remain present is
limited. Policy developments around improved and shared decision making are
not evident in any guidance for resuscitation for paramedics. Paramedics have
always been involved in resuscitation in the family home, but as they remain
on scene for longer periods, it is important that the issue of family participation
is addressed and specific guidance produced to enable paramedics to offer
more focused and enhanced support to them, and involve the family members
in the decision-making process which is a requirement from recent policy
developments.

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