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Rom J Leg Med26(4)457-462(2018)
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The opinion of medical professionals working in emergency care units regarding family as a witness to cardio-pulmonary resuscitation

M. Iorga, B. G. Ioan, B. Hanganu, I. D. Muraru, A. A. Hleșcu

Abstract: Aim. To identify the opinion of medical professionals (doctors and nurses) regarding the family presence during cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Material and methods. A number of 65 medical professionals working in emergency care units in three university hospitals in Iasi, Romania, were included in the research. Socio-demographic and job related data were gathered and items were formulated in order to identify medical professionals’ opinion regarding CPR and their practices related to family members assistance during critical medical situations. Statistical analysis was performed using SPSS v.21. Results. Only 1/4 of participants declared that they consider that family members should assist CPR and 41.5% stated they did not feel comfortable at all, when the patient’s family assists them. Only 15.6% of medical professionals declared that in their units patients’ relatives are allowed to be present during medical maneuvers. Half of them believed that the presence of family members prevents the medical team from correctly applying the resuscitation. The behaviors of family members identified by subjects were: crying (91.5%), touching the patient (55.9%), praying (59.3%), talking to the patient (52.5%), yelling/agitation (91.5%), and communicating with the medical team (40.7%). Conclusion. Family-witness during CPR remains a controversial problem among doctors and nurses.
Keywords: CPR, emergency care, medical professionals, family, witness.

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