Imagine being separated from your family or loved one during your stay in the hospital or ICU. Maybe you’re even in pain and critically ill, or you’re told you can’t be with your spouse because “visiting hours are over.”
This is an unfortunate reality for thousands of patients across the country. Each day, hospitals enforce outdated visiting policies based on beliefs that visitors spread infection and disrupt patient care. Research tells a different story, showing little evidence to back up these antiquated ideas. In fact, studies show that having a loved one by your side can reduce patient stress and complications as well as improve patient satisfaction in the hospital.