Specializes in Gerontological, cardiac, med-surg, peds. Has 16 years experience.
The Move Towards Open Visitation - This paper explores the issues surrounding family-focused care and open visitation in the adult critical care environment and is divided into three sections. The first section reviews the empirical and theoretical literature on family visitation and critically surveys the application of open visitation policies in the ICU. The second section examines the attitudes of nurses towards liberalized visitation. The final section seeks consensus on a model visitation policy. The importance of family-focused care is affirmed, providing a challenge to the status quo of rigid visitation policies in the ICU.