Visitation Policy

Purpose:
St. Peter’s visitation policy is designed to protect patients’ privacy and increase their comfort.

The purpose of this policy is to create a reasonable, enforceable policy that provides all patients with the opportunity to rest and recover in comfortable, quiet, private surroundings while enabling family and friends to participate in the healing process; to enhance the cohesiveness of the family unit and the patient’s support systems; and to provide access control that protects the rights of patients, visitors, and employees, to a safe, secure, and orderly environment.

Policy:
At St. Peter’s, visitors are welcome 24 hours a day. Visitation will be restricted for the following reasons:

  • At patient request or legal guardian if patient is under age or becomes incapacitated.
  • Patient is observed by his or her nurse to be sleeping.
  • Patient is undergoing a medical procedure.
  • Restrictions initiated by St. Peter’s senior leadership or safety officer due to a crisis or special situation.

Restriction will be posted on the patient door, or in case of Hospital–wide restriction, at the main entrances.

Failure to follow the Hospital’s restrictions or to cooperate with Hospital staff may result in removal from Hospital property.

Guidelines and information for public:
St. Peter’s has developed visitor guidelines to protect the patients, visitors, and staff. Failure to cooperate with the following guidelines or Hospital staff requests may result in removal from St. Peter's property.

  • “Stop Signs” are posted on patient room door to indicate isolation precautions. Visitors must check with a patient’s nurse prior to entering the patient room in order to receive specific instructions about isolation precaution procedures.
  • “No Visitation” doorknob hanger indicates the patient has requested no visitation, is sleeping, or undergoing a medical consult or procedure. No entry is allowed, but visitors may ask at the nursing station to leave a note or receive information on when visitation will resume.
  • A visitor may not enter areas posted with an “Authorized Personnel Only” sign.
  • Visitors are asked not to visit patients if they have a cold, cough, or other communicable illness. It is important to restrict exposure in order to prevent the spread of infectious diseases among patients, staff, volunteers and other visitors. When a patient requests visitation, the Hospital will make masks and other personal protective equipment available with instruction on its use.
  • Visitors may only go to the bedside of a child they are visiting.
  • Children under 12 years of age must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
  • Visitors are required to wear shirts and shoes and conduct themselves in a quiet and considerate manner.
  • Visitors cannot consume alcohol products or smoke on Hospital property.

Family Obstetrics Specific Rules:
All general visitation rules are enforced on the Family Obstetrics unit plus the following:

  • The Special Care Nursery and Nursery are secured areas. No admittance is allowed unless under the supervision of Family Obstetrics staff.

Visitors are asked to remember that new mothers are usually excited but tired and that brief visits are often best. Visitors are also asked to remember that a breastfeeding new mother will need privacy when it is time to nurse the baby.

  • Siblings under 12 years are welcome to visit their mother and the new baby, under the continuous supervision of an adult. Siblings should not be left in the care of the new mother.
  • One person may stay with the new mother and baby overnight through their Hospital stay. The purpose of overnight visitation is to allow the family to adjust to its newest member in the Hospital setting. For this reason, those families who are planning overnight visitation should plan to keep the baby in their room through the night.

Prison Guarded Patients:
All guarded prisoner–patients are denied visitors except terminal cases and those cases with special consideration as approved by the custodian authority.

Enforcement:
Visitors who do not follow this visitation policy may be removed from Hospital property by Hospital Security.

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