Hello! I am working on developing a guideline for sibling visits in the PICU where I am the nurse educator.
When I first began working in my unit, about 12 years ago, we did not allow any children under the age of 13 years at the bedside unless a patient was dying. Since I then, we have become very inconsistent for when and how we allow young siblings to visit. Often, depending on which intensivist and/or charge nurse was on duty. We recently rolled out a new visitation policy and I am working with child life to figure out the best plan for sibling visits that would be consistent, safe and supportive of both the patient and their family.
I'm interested to hear the practice in your institution. For reference, we are a 14 bed unit, 9 of those are private or double occupancy. The others are in an open bay, separated by curtains. We run CRRT and ECMO occasionally.