In this trial of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, families were randomized to be offered to watch CPR, or not offered. CPR was witnessed by 79% of the intervention families, versus 43% of the control families. The frequency of PTSD symptoms, anxiety, and depression at 90 days was significant higher among those family members that did not, versus those that did, witness the CPR. There was no evidence that family presence interfered with CPR efforts. Family should be offered the opportunity to watch CPR efforts based on this trial (abstract).
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.