Readiness of doctors and nurses towards family witnessed cardiopulmonary resuscitation in emergency department

Authors

  • Yagya Raj Pokharel Patan Academy of Health Sciences, Lalitpur, Nepal
  • Srijana Gauchan Patan Academy of Health Sciences, Lalitpur, Nepal
  • Ratna Kumari Maharjan Patan Academy of Health Sciences, Lalitpur, Nepal
  • Jyoti Maharjan Patan Academy of Health Sciences, Lalitpur, Nepal

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3126/jpahs.v4i1.24660

Keywords:

cardiopulmonary resuscitation, emergency physician, family presence

Abstract

Introductions: Presence of family during cardiopulmonary resuscitation is debatable. Doctors and nurses locally believe that family should be kept out of resuscitation. This study explores the attitude of doctors and nurses towards presence of family during resuscitation.

Methods: This was a cross-sectional descriptive study conducted at Patan Hospital emergency in January 2017. Medical personnel working in emergency were given a set of questionnaires. The result was descriptively analyzed.

Results: Sixty-four doctors and nursing staffs participated in the survey. Fifteen (23%) said that they would never allow presence of family during resuscitation, 37 (58%) said sometimes and 13 (20%) said always. Perception of health workers were, 32 (50%) thought it interferes with work; 25 (39%) legal problem; 33 (51%) bad reaction to the team; 35 (54%) psychological trauma to family; 23 (36%) difficult to stop resuscitation; 23 (36%) offence to family; 17 (26%) increase staff stress; 8 (12%) not culturally acceptable and 6 (9%) had no such practice observed.

Conclusions: Family presence during resuscitation was not desirable for majority of medical person working at emergency department of Patan Hospital.

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Author Biographies

Yagya Raj Pokharel, Patan Academy of Health Sciences, Lalitpur, Nepal

Lecturer, Department of General Practice and Emergency Medicine

Srijana Gauchan, Patan Academy of Health Sciences, Lalitpur, Nepal

Lecturer, Department of General Practice and Emergency Medicine

Ratna Kumari Maharjan, Patan Academy of Health Sciences, Lalitpur, Nepal

Lecturer, School of Nursing, Lalitpur Nursing Campus

Jyoti Maharjan, Patan Academy of Health Sciences, Lalitpur, Nepal

Sister in-charge, Department of Emergency

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Published

2017-06-30

How to Cite

Pokharel, Y. R., Gauchan, S., Maharjan, R. K., & Maharjan, J. (2017). Readiness of doctors and nurses towards family witnessed cardiopulmonary resuscitation in emergency department. Journal of Patan Academy of Health Sciences, 4(1), 12–15. https://doi.org/10.3126/jpahs.v4i1.24660

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General Section: Original Articles