For patients in intensive care, Seton Smithville maintains an open visitation policy with the exception of 6:30 a. m. to 8:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The number of visitors and length of visits also may be limited, depending on the patient´s condition and to allow for patient care or diagnostics procedures. A lounge area is available nearby for periods between visits. After 10 p.m., visitation is limited to one family member who may stay with the patient, providing patient condition allows.
Children under 12 years old are only allowed to visit with the approval of the nursing staff. Children who are allowed in the ICU must be under direct adult supervision at all times and will be asked to leave if disruptive. We also request that any friends or family who are ill not visit patients.
To ensure optimum care for all patients in the unit, we request patient/family cooperation. Things the family may do to help are:
- Appoint a family spokesperson to serve as a link between the ICU staff and the family. Please be respectful of the hospital staff´s time, as well as their need to provide the best care possible to all patients, and limit calls to important matters of concern.
- To help make your family member in intensive care more comfortable, feel free to bring a tape of favorite music, cards or photographs.
- Just being with your family member is important, and he or she may need rest most of all.
- Remind your loved one what day it is and why they are here because it is common for ICU patients to seem confused, forgetful, excited or angry. This may be due to the illness itself, unfamiliar surroundings or medications.
- Be prepared to see a lot of wires, tubes and equipment. Monitors have alarms to alert the nurse when something needs to be checked. Alarms are not always a cause for concern. Appropriately prepare children for this, and remind them that it is not cause for concern.