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Are strict visiting policies necessary in ICU?

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Are visitors beneficial to patients in adult ICUs?


“Despite their benefits, visits are limited in critical or intensive care settings. The British Association of Critical Care Nurses commissioned a position statement using evidence-based literature on visiting practices in adult ICUs. This article examines the evidence, the benefits and drawbacks of visiting.”

This article concluded that health professionals tend to lack flexibility when it comes to visiting and recommended less-rigid visiting policies.

What do you think?

  • Are strict visiting times and policies necessary?
  • Do the benefits of visitors outweigh the negatives?
  • What are the drawbacks of having visitors on the ward?
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Readers' comments (1)

  • With the exception of elective surgical ICUs all the ones I have worked in have had a very flexible policy which limited 2 visitors to the the bedside at any time. Most daytime hours were considered acceptable and loved ones were encouraged to participate in care, particularly longer term patients.
    This has been beneficial for both patient and family.

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