I have just started to do some SARS screening in my hospital--the visiting hours are 1330-1500, and 1830-2000. These restrictions were put in place due to SARS precautions, however, the hospital is saying they are going to keep these hours even after the whole "SARS" business/scare is over, because nurses are saying they like it better when they are not tripping over patients family to give treatment. I know sometimes this is true, but I don't think such limited hours is the solution. Perhaps only 1-2 visitors at a time would be ok? What do other nurses think about this? I think patients do better when they have a loved ones support--as long as they are given ample sleep time. I dont have the perfect solution, but i'm not sure that this is it.
What are your hospital's visiting hours? Do you think patients shouldn't have family at the bedside?
By the time everyone is screened at the door and let in, they have already wasted a half hour of their visiting time, and are kicked out an hour later with minimal exception.
I know if my father was in the hospital, (and he will be soon), I would need to see him alot more often, and he stated he doesn't want to go because he would be "too lonely." Sorry for the long thread, this is something that is really bugging me.