I have been a critical acre nurse for a LONG LONG time. I think that there should be an age limit of around 12. The are old enough to understand the world around them and the importance of following the rules. But rules are meant to be broken and used with common sense.
I have on more than one occasion broke the "NO children rule"(I'm sorry Sister M....
). One was a 41 year old brittle diabetic that had a massive MI, going to open heart.....the was probably not going to get off the table (this was YEARS
AGO). Her daughter had just had a baby during this MI, IABP, Cath lab, CABG scenario....so......on the night before surgery....after the brass had left...(except for Sister M because she lived there....)I snuck that baby in....briefly. Tom y great relief the patient did make it off the table and went home.
One other occasion I had a 28 year old patient that had ovarian cancer with mets to her spine.....some mental giant convinced her to cut herself in half....to have rods placed so she could sit up in a wheelchair....it became clear she was probably not going to leave the ICU....one night we were talking about death and dying...I was 27 myself.....ans she said her dying wish wild be to have her children (3 and 4) sleep with her, a six pack of beer and a pizza from a favorite pizza joint. So.....the next evening she got her wish (thank you Sister for not turning me in)....she died a few days later.
I even snuck a little dog in once.....Shhush...don't tell anyone....
Clearly there are exceptions to every rule but the danger to the patient from pulled cords and IV lines let alone the infectious risk...children should be limited.