Resuscitation witnessed by relatives

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.314.7074.144a (Published 11 January 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:144

Has proved acceptable to doctors in paediatric cases

  1. A Goldstein, Consultant paediatriciana,
  2. K Berry, Consultant paediatrician (paediatric accident and emergency)a,
  3. A Callaghan, Clinical assistant (paediatric accident and emergency)a
  1. a Birmingham Children's Hospital NHS Trust, Birmingham B16 8ET
  2. bRoyal Hampshire County Hospital, Winchester SO22 5DG
  3. cDepartment of Clinical Geratology, Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford OX2 6HE

    Editor–We are interested in the debate about whether relatives should be allowed to witness resuscitation attempts 1 2 and support the Resuscitation Council's recent guidelines.3 For the past nine months our paediatric accident and emergency department has used a written protocol that designates senior and experienced nurses to be solely responsible for the relatives' needs when a child is undergoing resuscitation. Under this protocol, parents are invited to be present in the resuscitation room if they wish to be after they have been given a full explanation and after prior notification of the leader of the resuscitation team. Thus the first moments of the resuscitation are undertaken in the absence of the relatives, who are being informed by the designated nurse of the situation and the events they are likely to witness.

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