undefinedI work in a 6 bed PACU in central Michigan. We have 5 OR rooms and 2 Endo rooms. Our administration is considering allowing family visitation in the PACU (currently we allow visitors only for extreme circumstances, i.e. developmentally delayed pt, etc).
This is really a two part issue. They are hoping to "cure" the backlog of pts waiting for a bed in day surgery (they have room for 4 post op beds, 3 post op recliners and 4 preop recliners). The plan is for us to feed pts and give the families d/c info for patients who have met criteria but are unable to go to day surgery d/t no bed space. We also currenlty take overflow from the endo rooms when no room is available in day surgery.
The PACU nurses are fighting this. For privacy and confidentiality reasons we wish to continue limiting visitation. We also feel that bringing food/beverage into the PACU is inappropriate. The pt who is nauseated shouldn't have to smell coffee and toast, etc.
What is the policy at your hospital? we are hoping to collect enough documentation to change their minds.
Oct 23, '04
Do not let family members visit except for extreme circumstances. Our PACU is pretty much, no, is open to visitors. It is a hassle, a safety issue, and causes complete chaos for the nurses. The families don't really understand what is going on and they start telling the Nurses what to do. Often, I feel as though I am spending more time trying to deal with the volumes of people that saunter into the PACU than I am with my patients. The visitors are noisy, disruptive, are often sick and/or wearing dirty street clothes. I think it is disgusting that my hospitals allows visitors. Do you know why they do? Because our hospital caters to the rich (and the famous) and they don't want these people complaining and taking the business elsewhere. Nurses have lost complete control over the environment (thanks to management). It is really a shame.
Last edit by lifeisbeautiful on Oct 23, '04