Matthew D Mainds, Colin Jones
Journal of Paramedic Practice, Vol. 10, Iss. 7, 23 Jul 2018, pp 292 - 299

The management of family during out-of-hospital cardiac arrests and death
notification to the family of the deceased in the out-of-hospital setting are
topics that are poorly evidenced. Two focus groups consisting of six participants
in each were conducted, discussing the two subjects. The results suggest that
paramedics prefer family not to be present in the room for a number of reasons
and that they don't feel sufficiently trained by their paramedic courses in
order to manage family during resuscitation or breaking bad news. The study
highlighted a need for more research on both subjects.

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