Family Witnessed Resuscitation in the Emergency Department in a Low-Income Country

Banda, Patricia and Carter, Chris and Notter, Joy (2024) Family Witnessed Resuscitation in the Emergency Department in a Low-Income Country. British Journal of Nursing, 33 (1). ISSN 0966-0461

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Cardiac arrest is often a sudden and traumatic event. Family witnessed resuscitation was first recommended by the American Heart Association over two decades ago, since then several global professional bodies have identified a range of potential benefits for relatives, however, it remains contentious. For nurses working in Emergency Departments (ED) in low-income countries, the evidence and experience of family witnessed resuscitation is limited.
This article critically appraises the literature relating to the perceptions of medical professionals and critically ill patients with their families about communication, family presence and their involvement during resuscitation in the ED. Three themes relating to family witnessed resuscitation in the ED were identified by a focused literature search, these were: leadership and communication, limitation of policies and guidelines and relatives’ views. The recommendations from this review will be used to develop emergency and trauma nursing practice guidelines in Zambia, a low-income country in sub-Saharan Africa.

Item Type: Article
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24 November 2023Accepted
9 January 2024Published Online
Subjects: CAH02 - subjects allied to medicine > CAH02-04 - nursing and midwifery > CAH02-04-02 - adult nursing
Divisions: Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences > College of Life Sciences
Depositing User: Chris Carter
Date Deposited: 27 Nov 2023 12:27
Last Modified: 09 Jul 2024 03:00

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