General Visitation Guidelines
Infection Control Precautions for Patients, Visitor, and Family
- Visiting hours are from 9:00 a.m until 9:00 p.m. These hours apply to all patients.
- Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
- Dress code for patients and visitors requires shoes, shirts and/or housecoats.
- An adult family member is required to stay with all pediatric patients under 12 years of age.
- Visitors are advised to consider the patient's need for rest and limit visits accordingly.
- A maximum of 2 persons may be permitted to visit a patient at any one time.
Critical and/or terminally ill patients may be allowed additional visitors if approved by the physician and/or the nursing shift supervisor.
- No visitation will be at the patient's request, the family's request, or by a physician's order.
A sign will be posted on the door of the patient's room. The nursing staff will be responsible for notifying the information desk.
- An overnight visitor will be allowed in all private rooms.
The semi-private rooms may have an overnight visitor if permitted by the nursing shift supervisor and visitor is of the same sex.
This is to allow for the comfort and privacy of the other patient in the semi-private room. It is recommended that only one visitor be allowed to stay overnight with a patient.
Children under the age of 16 should not stay overnight with a patient.
- Visitors must not interfere with the activities of the professional staff. Quiet should be maintained.
Smoking is prohibited except in the designated areas outside of the building.
Visitors should not bring food to patients unless permitted to do by the physician of the nursing staff.
- If the visitation rules are severely abused, the nursing shift supervisor should be notified.
- Check with the nurse before entering the room of any patient with transmission based precautions noted on the door.
- Follow instructions by the nursing staff for prevention of disease transmission.
- Avoid handling patient care equipment unless trained to do so.
- Avoid handling of body secretions unless directly involved in the patient's care and trained to do so.
- Avoid eating or drinking from the patient's tray.
- Avoid visiting the hospital when sick with a communicable disease and especially during times of high levels of community illness.
- Practice good handwashing. Visitors should wash their hands after assisting with any patient care activity, after using the restroom and before eating.
- Visitors are not permitted in the operating room, the post-operative recovery area, the Central Processing area, the soiled utility areas, the linen service areas, food preparations areas or the pantry.