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This is a study carried out in France, where recruited to 570 relatives of patients who suffered a cardiac arrest and randomiced into two groups: the chance to witness resuscitation (CPR) or follow the usual (control group).
The main objective was to analyze the presence of symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to 90 days, by the Impact of Event Scale (IES) and the Hospital Ansiety and Depression Scale (HADS) surveys.
Other objectives were to analyze the anxiety, depression, the effect of the family presence, the well-being of the health team and medico-legal claims.
In the intention to treat analysis were much more frequent symptoms in the control group. Relatives who were not at the resuscitation had more anxiety and more depression.
The family presence did not affect to the CPR, survival or uplifting equipment and there was no medico-legal claims.
Therefore, they conclude that the family presence was associated with positive psychological results without negative effects on the health care team.
What do you think? Would you like to practise this in your ICU?
Are we prepared for this proposal?
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