Family Presence during Resuscitation and Invasive Procedures in Pediatric Critical Care: A Systematic Review

Author(s): Sarah Smith McAlvin, RN, MSN, CPNP, CCRN, CPEN, and Aimee Carew-Lyons, RN, CPNP, CCRN, NEBC, CPHQ

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP B 1.00

Expires Nov 01, 2018

Topics: Cardiovascular, Family-Centered Care

Population: Pediatric

Role: Staff

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

In pediatric critical care, family-centered care is a central theme that ensures holistic care of the patient and the patient’s family. Parents expect and are encouraged to be involved in the care of their child throughout all phases of the child’s illness. Family presence is generally accepted when the child’s condition is stable; however, there is less consensus about family presence when the child becomes critically ill and requires resuscitation and/or invasive procedures.


  • Determine at least 2 reasons why parental presence is desirable during resuscitation or invasive procedures.
  • Discuss barriers to implementation of parental presence and possible ways to overcome these barriers.
  • Name at least 5 best practices for parental presence.

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