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Family Presence During Invasive Procedures

Recommendations

Family member presence during invasive procedures or resuscitation should be offered as an option to family members and should be based on written institution policies. (A)
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Concerns that family presence is detrimental to the patient, the family, or the healthcare team are not supported by the evidence.  (B)
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Acceptance of family presence may have some cultural basis.  (B)
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Healthcare professionals support the presence of a designated healthcare professional assigned to family members present to provide explanation and comfort. (B)
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Educating staff in the development, ilnplementation, and evaluation of policy regarding family member presence provides structure and support to healthcare professionals involved in this practice. (B)
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Recommendation Grading

Overview

Title

Family Presence During Invasive Procedures

Authoring Organization

Publication Month/Year

January 1, 2019

Document Type

Guideline

External Publication Status

Published

Country of Publication

US

Inclusion Criteria

Female, Male, Adolescent, Adult, Child, Older adult

Health Care Settings

Emergency care, Hospital, Operating and recovery room

Intended Users

Surgical technologist, nurse

Scope

Counseling, Management

Diseases/Conditions (MeSH)

D014789 - Visitors to Patients, D005195 - Family Relations, D005190 - Family

Keywords

family presence