Witnessed resuscitation: staff issues and benefits to parents

Paediatr Nurs. 2009 Jul;21(6):22-5. doi: 10.7748/paed2009.


Should relatives be made welcome in a resuscitation room to witness emergency medical treatment of a family member? This is a major issue in emergency departments worldwide. Attitudes of staff and relatives are mixed, and the benefits suggest further long-term research is needed to review the psychological effects on loved ones. This article will considers the background of witnessed resuscitation, as well as the views of both staff and relatives involved. The research will be evaluated and implications for practice explored.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Attitude of Health Personnel*
  • Attitude to Health*
  • Child
  • Child Advocacy
  • Dissent and Disputes
  • Evidence-Based Practice
  • Humans
  • Nursing Methodology Research
  • Nursing Staff, Hospital / psychology
  • Outcome Assessment, Health Care
  • Parents / psychology*
  • Professional-Family Relations
  • Resuscitation / psychology*
  • Visitors to Patients / psychology*