Patient Visitation Policy

Patients have the right to have visitors at anytime throughout their episode of care.

  • Limitations on visitation may only be imposed based on clinical or operational grounds and must be explicitly disclosed to the patient. Justified visitation restrictions include:
    • The patient requests visitation restrictions or limitations;
    • There are safety concerns such as risk of infection;
    • The patient is undergoing a care intervention in which the risk of the presence of visitors outweighs the benefits, such as procedures with a requirement for aseptic technique (Staff should attempt to accommodate the needs of any patient who requests that at least one visitor be allowed to remain in the room to provide support and comfort at all times);
    • The need for patient confidentiality and/or privacy;
    • Visitation interferes with the care and/or rights of other patients including the need for rest or privacy;
    • Visitors are engaging in disruptive, threatening, or violent behavior;
    • The patient is in a substance abuse or mental health treatment program in which the protocols limit visitation.
  • Visitation is not limited based upon the visitors’ legal relationship to the patient, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, gender identity, or disability. Children are welcome to visit however a minor under age 16 must be supervised by an adult.
  • “Open” visitation practices are applicable to both the inpatient and outpatient settings.

Last Update

September 17, 2012
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