Should there be visiting hours in the ICU? Or should it be open with no restrictions?
A recent article at Nurse.com sparked my interest. Limited (or scheduled) visitation versus unlimited visitation hours?
As a nurse, the reflex answer should be: Whatever is better for the patient.
I honestly feel anything that can improve the delivery of care is a good thing, but you’ll be hard pressed to find many nurses who are advocates of unlimited visiting hours.
It’s a touchy subject, isn’t it? I don’t think anyone is completely for or against either choice.
The article (AACN calls for expanding visitation rights in ICU) says:
Hospitals may limit visiting hours under the assumption that family visitation causes stress for the patient, interferes with the provision of care, is mentally exhausting to patients and families or contributes to increased infections.
Other than the increased infections, I’d agree with that statement…….
A recent blog I posted over at Scrubs. Go clickety-click and read the original post.