Policy: All patients have the right to visitation except as outlined below.
Purpose: To facilitate and support visitation that provides comfort to patients.
Visitation is supported as follows:
Patients have the right to select who may or may not visit them regardless of whether or not that person is legally related to the patient.
Patients and/or their representatives will be fully informed of their visitation rights on admission including any clinical restrictions or care whenever possible and when he/she is informed of their patient rights.
Visitors will not be restricted based on race, color, national origin, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation or disability
Clinical restrictions and limitation decisions will be based on the health and safety of the visitors and patients.
Visitation may be restricted under the following clinically necessary and/or reasonable circumstances:
Patient is undergoing care interventions;
Presence of infection control issues;
Visitation may interfere with the care of other patients;
Existence of court orders restricting contact (of which the hospital is aware);
Disruptive, threatening or violent behavior of any kind;
Patient need for privacy or rest;
Need for limitation of the number of visitors during a specific time;
Need for minimum age requirements for child visitors.
When someone is sick or in the hospital, a visit can help cheer them up. But it’s also important to remember that when someone is sick, they may not be in the mood to see many people. So it’s a good idea to be sensitive to a patient’s needs
References: Federal Register Vol 75, #223, 482.13 and 485.635