A national survey of Turkish emergency physicians perspectives regarding family witnessed cardiopulmonary resuscitation

YANTURALI S., Ersoy G., Yuruktumen A., Aksay E., Suner S., Sonmez Y., ...More

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF CLINICAL PRACTICE, vol.59, no.4, pp.441-446, 2005 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 59 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2005
  • Doi Number: 10.1111/j.1368-5031.2005.00317.x
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.441-446
  • Keywords: cardiopulmonary resuscitation, family presence, witnessed resuscitation, family witnessed cardiopulmonary resuscitations, INVASIVE PROCEDURES, MEMBER PRESENCE
  • Dokuz Eylül University Affiliated: Yes


We investigated Turkish emergency physicians' views regarding family witnessed resuscitation (FWR) and to determine the current practice in Turkish academic emergency departments with regard to family members during resuscitation. A national cross-sectional, anonymous survey of emergency physicians working in academic emergency departments was conducted. Nineteen of the 23 university-based emergency medicine programs participated in the study. Two hundred and thirty-nine physicians completed the survey. Of the respondents, 83% did not endorse FWR. The most common reasons for not endorsing FWR was reported as higher stress levels of the resuscitation team and fear of causing physiological trauma to family members. Previous experience, previous knowledge in FWR, higher level of training and the acceptance of FWR in the institution where the participant works were associated with higher rates of FWR endorsement for this practice among emergency physicians.