We recently had a patient with an influenza requiring droplet isolation. Visitors (the parents) flatly refused to wear a face mask in the room, despite frequent education. The parent did sanitize their hands before entering/leaving the room but did leave several times to use the bathroom and get something to eat. Our nurse manager attempted to address it with the parents as well, but to no avail, and the parents actually ended up getting very upset.
With the JC expected to come to our unit any day, this raised the question on our unit- Can visitors be forced to wear PPE when visiting patients with infectious disease? Especially the parents of a minor child. What would be the steps to take to enforce this? Call security and have the parents escorted from the hospital?
Visiting is a privelege, not a right. If you don't abide by the rules, the privelege is revoked and if you refuse to leave, the nice men in the grey uniforms will help you find the exit.
Last edit by Ruby Vee on Mar 1, '13
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