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Family presence in the trauma setting: A case study

Danish Zaidi

DOI: 10.20529/IJME.2019.049


The topic of family presence during resuscitation (FPDR) has been in the medical literature for several decades. However, these discussions have largely failed to delineate a difference between resuscitation of patients in cardiac arrest and the resuscitation and stabilisation of trauma victims before a necessary procedure. Through a case-based scenario, this primer aims to explore the ethical considerations of FPDR in emergent trauma care – particularly in the case of a motor vehicle collision. In doing so, consideration is given to the relevant aspects of patient dignity and privacy; as well as to the benefits of exposing family to clinician efforts, including how FPDR can aid in the grieving process.

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