Last moments of anyone’s life are usually marked by intense resuscitation efforts. Some medical professionals fear litigation, trauma to onlookers, confusion, and interference in resuscitation. On the other hand, family members' presence may help them understand the severity of the patient's condition and to appreciate their loved one's care.
Should the family be present during resuscitation?
1) I don't think their presence will make them appreciate the severity of their LOVED one's illness even if they can see their heart has stopped, and by the way that also goes if some members are medically qualified... If a loved one has passed away a person anguish and heartache will be the overiding emotion.
2) From my experience (as a trainee cardiologist) resuscitation is not the most dignified or "humane" (commonly breaking some ribs in the process/ patient vomiting stomach content) process..... its not a good sight for a relative to see and to remember as the last thing about their loved one. It is also invariably unsuccessful
3) I ALL cases with the exception of the resus area in the emergency department (at least here in UK) there isn't enough space around the bed side for crying/ stressed/ angry/ sad/ irrational relatives and the resus team and you are right they will just get in the way and the team leader might..... just might not be able to look at/ asess and deal with the situation in the most efficient manner. Even in the resus area there wouldn't be enough space for relatives if a trauma case is involved.
4) About litigation personally I always keep the relatives (with patient consent if applicable) updated/ spend time explaining things/ answering their questions.... Not only for litigation but also because its the right thing to do and its good practice
So the short answer to your question is....... NO
so communication is important!