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Care of the Family 

Care of the Family
Care of the Family

Michele Fiorentino

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date: 25 October 2020

This chapter discusses the key points of the care of the family in the surgical setting and palliative care. In critically ill patients, to provide the best possible care we must also care for the needs of the family. This chapter discusses the needs of the family in respect to the critically ill patients, dying patients, withdrawal of life support, and the death of a child. In the critically ill, family members are often placed in the role of surrogate decision maker. The need to identify surrogate decision makers, their role, and the challenges they face is discussed in detail. Family presence during resuscitation is also discussed, including benefits for patients, families, and the medical team. The keys elements of implementing family presence during resuscitation are described. Grief and bereavement are also discussed, along with the surgeon’s role in facilitating healthy grieving and recognizing complicated grief.

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