Nurses are less likely than medics to prevent children from visiting relatives in ICU, a study has shown.
Swedish researchers questioned 161 nurses and 130 doctors about their attitudes to children being allowed to visit sick relatives in intensive care.
Just three nurses said children should not be allowed to visit because they may cause disruption. But 14 doctors (11%) said they were prepared to ban children attending for this reason.
Nurses were most likely to ban visits if the patient's condition and appearance was frightening (72%), almost the same ratio as doctors (69%).
They were also slightly more likely to ban visits than doctors because of fears that patients may become infected (58% vs 53%)
Nursing in Critical Care (2007) 12: 64-73