European nursing organizations stand up for family presence during cardiopulmonary resuscitation: a joint position statement

Prog Cardiovasc Nurs. 2008 Summer;23(3):136-9. doi: 10.1111/j.1751-7117.2008.00004.x.


Empirical evidence suggests that family presence during cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) has beneficial effects. Although many American professional organizations have endorsed the idea of family presence, there is less formal support in Europe. In addition, the attitude of nurses from Anglo-Saxon countries, such as United Kingdom and Ireland, is more positive toward family presence than the attitude of nurses of mainland Europe. In order to support existing guidelines and to stimulate health care organizations to develop a formal policy with respect to family witnessed CPR, 3 important European nursing organizations have recently developed a joint position statement.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Attitude of Health Personnel
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation* / nursing
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation* / psychology
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation* / statistics & numerical data
  • Europe
  • Evidence-Based Nursing
  • Family* / psychology
  • Humans
  • Interinstitutional Relations
  • Organizational Policy
  • Patients' Rooms*
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic*
  • Societies, Nursing / organization & administration*
  • Visitors to Patients* / psychology