Thursday, August 11, 2011

Should Loved Ones Watch CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation)? (Research, Video 2:13)

Your loved one is in the throes of cardiac arrest. Tension engulfs the air as medical personnel proceed to perform CPR. Should you be allowed to watch? Do you even want to? Many will say you shouldn’t watch because of possible anguish and confusion involved. Some medical personnel may be concerned about liability and possible interference by you or family members witnessing this traumatic event.

But research supports having family members present. Witnessing CPR of a loved one helps observers understand the severity of the situation, appreciate the care being given, and even supports healthy grieving by confirming that everything was done.  With the development of appropriate policies and proper training of staff, the presence of family members during CPR can be a fulfilling experience.

This video shares positive views on this topic from Dr. Tammie Quest, Director of Education in Palliative and End-of-Life Care - Emergency Medicine Project, Associate Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine:

Contact your local American Red Cross for CPR training.

Frances Shani Parker, Author
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