To visit or not to visit, that is the question?

Vanessa Gibson, Catherine Plowright

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Restrictions on visitors to critical care units remains a contentious issue. Visiting of patients on critical care units can be restricted in terms of duration of visiting times, who can visit, how many can visit and timing of visiting hours. This is often justified by nurses (and other health care professionals) arguing that visitors tire patients, increase noise levels, take up space, reduce access to the patient, delay care being given and increase infection rates. The BACCN has received many enquiries regarding visiting policy and practices and therefore in 2010/2011 commissioned the Professional Advisors and members to form an expert panel and develop a Position Statement on Visiting in Critical Care Units in the UK. This plenary session will consist on a presentation of the BACCN standards for visiting on critical care units in the UK followed by a debate on visiting. High profile professionals, former patients and delegates will participate in a debate about visiting policies and practices. What do you think? Is it time to call time on open visiting? Which side of the fence do you sit on?
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2011
EventBritish association of Critical Care Nurses Annual Conference - Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
Duration: 1 Sept 2011 → …


ConferenceBritish association of Critical Care Nurses Annual Conference
Period1/09/11 → …


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