Family-Focused Care in Adult Critical Care - page 2

by VickyRN 18,583 Views | 11 Comments Senior Moderator

The Move Towards Open Visitation There is a concerted move for a more family-centered approach in adult Intensive Care Units (ICUs). A growing body of research strongly suggests that the presence of family members at the... Read More


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    We have open visition in our ICU......BUT AT THE NURSES DISCRETION.....people must call into the unit prior to entering and the care giver RN must decide what is in the best interest of the patient if they can visit at that time. They must also leave when asked. Management is supportive and there aren't any problems.

    Nurses can be self-centered, rather than patient centered (and to be patient centered is to be family centered, like it or not) and don't want to be bothered with family members in the guise of "it's not what's best for the patient, they need their rest, they are too crtical, they will be in the way". Knowing full well if their child or spouse was in critical condition wild horses wouldn't keep them away.

    Open visitation works, with guidelines and management support.

    It's whats best for the patient. It's whats best for famlies. It's what's best for nursing.

    Great article!
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    Good article - I especially like where you state that the contract between the hospital and the family requires them to designate ONE spokesperson.......Still not sure I agree with the concept completely - some families will still try to take advantage....and yes, I too have been required to be a coffee girl or have them complain about me.


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