Hospital-Wide Visitation Guidelines
It is the goal at Parkview Medical Center to maintain a quiet, restful environment for all patients by following these guidelines. Short visits are recommended as these are better-tolerated by the patient. Quiet time has been established throughout the hospital to allow patients time to rest. Visitors are asked to respect these designated times when visiting.
10:00 am-8:00 pm
Considerations should be taken to provide for privacy and confidentiality for patients. For example, curtains pulled, speaking in low voices, silencing/ delaying cell phone use and avoiding congregating in the halls in patient care areas. Also, no photography is permitted.
To promote a restful environment and to protect the health and safety of our patients, daily visitation begins at 10:00 am and ends at 8:00 pm. This is also to prevent unauthorized use of Parkview Medical Center facilities and property.
- Physical violence of any type will not be tolerated and will be reported to Security and law enforcement as appropriate. For behavior management of agitated patients, visitors are limited and are required to check in at nursing stations
- No alcoholic beverages or tobacco products are permitted in the hospital at any time
- No illegal substances are permitted in the hospital at any time and will be reported to Security and law enforcement
- No firearms or weapons of any kind are permitted in the hospital at any time. For the safety of our patients, all visitors should wash hands or use antibacterial foam or gel prior to visitation. For safety reasons, visitation may be limited when the patient has isolation precautions due to an infectious disease – all visitors are required to follow any isolation precautions that have been instituted
- Persons with any signs of illness (elevated temp, cough, sneezing, diarrhea, cold, strep throat, cold sores, etc) are asked not to visit until they are well.
Visitation for Incapacitated Patients
Parkview Medical Center will require proof of a relationship between a patient and a visitor only when the patient is incapacitated and there is a clear dispute between two or more people over whether a particular person should be allowed to visit. The following may be forms of proof: an advance directive naming the individual support person; approved visitor or designated decision-maker; shared residence; shared ownership of a property or business; financial interdependence; marital/relationship status; existence of a legal relationship recognized in any jurisdiction; and acknowledgment of a committed relationship (i.e., an affidavit). This list of proof and documentation is not intended to be exhaustive of all potential sources of information regarding proof of a relationship to allow patient visitation or support person preferences.
Justified Clinical Restrictions
When appropriate, Parkview Medical Center will impose justified clinical restrictions (any clinically-necessary or reasonable restriction which may limit visitation to the patient). Examples of when Parkview Medical Center may impose justified clinical restrictions include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Infection-control issues either with the patient or roommate
- Visitation that may interfere with the care of other patients
- Agitated patients requiring behavior management
- The patient is undergoing care interventions
- The patient needs rest or privacy
- A court order limiting or restraining contact
- Inpatient substance abuse treatment programs that have clinical necessary protocols limiting visitation
- Disruptive, threatening or violent behavior of any kind
- Need for privacy or rest by another individual in the patient’s shared room
- Reasonable limitations on the number of visitors at any one time
- Extraordinary protections because of a pandemic or infectious disease outbreak
Family and Visitor Involvement with Care
We encourage the family/patient support person(s) to participate in the care of the patient. This may include bathing, back care, turning, repositioning, ambulating, hair care, oral care, treatments to be performed at home, and other care that may be identified.
We encourage the family/patient support person(s) to be involved during teaching whenever possible.
We will evaluate through interview and observation, the effectiveness of family/patient support person(s) involvement and adjust the plan for participation accordingly.