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Family presence during resuscitation and/or invasive procedures is receiving more attention today as it speaks to the heart of patient and family-centered care. Family members are the most important support for their loved ones during vulnerable times such as a life-threatening event. Although family presence during resuscitation and/or invasive procedures is becoming a more accepted practice in hospital settings, only 5% of hospitals in the United States have unit policies guiding the practice of family presence in specialty settings.1-5 There is a need for family presence to be studied in non-academic hospitals and in other specialty settings such as emergency departments (ED) and adult intensive care units.2 These environments are unpredictable and professionals have varying opinions regarding benefits of family presence during resuscitation and/or invasive procedures in adults. Currently, there is no hospital policy to guide practice of family presence at our 381 bed non-academic hospital in the Northwest. Acknowledging presence as central to patient care inspired our Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) committee to craft a hospital policy providing guidance for the healthcare team to determine when it is appropriate to offer the option of family presence.

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This is an author-produced, peer-reviewed version of this article. © 2009, Elsevier. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License ( The final, definitive version of this document can be found online at Journal of Emergency Nursing, doi: 10.1016/j.jen.2010.02.016

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