I was watching CNN the other night and they had a story that worried me. Letting family in the ER during treatment. And what they were talking about was not having your mom back as they put in a couple stiches in your finger, but in the TRAUMA BAYS and RESCUSSITATION ROOMS while the medical staff do what what these highly trained medical professional do. They attempt to raise the dead. Anybody who works in the Emergency field knows this is not a calm, quiet place...It is raw medicine. Tubes, cathaters, defibs, blades, fluid and blood.
So why I ask, why would we want to let the families in to witness, what they so should never witness. Whould you want to see the ER staff thumping on your family member's chest, cutting open the side of their chest to shove in a tube. I'm sorry this is just not the place for a grieving. They have a room for that it called "the family room" This is where the hand holding chaplin can support the greiving family in the proper way. Away from the blood, away from the chest thumping, away from the oranized chaos that is a trauma bay.
Also, the hospitals that are trying this are also telling us the public that there will be a nurse explaining to the pt family what is going on. WHAT! Really what ER nurse could even take the time to do this. In the many taumas I have worked the nurses are to busy "Saving the man's life" to hand-hold through a rescussitation. I am not saying that ER nurses are these hard-ass, non caring people, they aren't. They are caring, to the patient, that is bleeding to death on the stretcher. But the ER is refered to as "the Pit" for a reason.
I think people in this age of shows like "ER, House, Grey's Anatomy and now Saved" think they know whats going on behide the closed ER doors. What they see is not always what you get. The actors are always the right color and they always get brought back to life. TV is so kind. a little CPR mix in a little bit of drugs and viola they are alive. In real life, it isn't so clean cut. We could shock after shock, plunge in tube after tube. There is mangled limbs and blood. Its not the sterial world portrayed on TV. This is not the place for a hyserical family member...or even a calm one. They need to stay out.