My experience in the ED has been very positive with having the family members present. I find it to be most helpful. Having family members present for resuscitation was usually OK except in times when the pt had suffered great trauma and the situation was very bloody. That just did not work out well. I do feel that it is helpful to have parents with their children as often as possible. It is reassuring to the parents and the patients. I have never experienced any kind of legal action as a result of family members being in the room during an emergency.