Family Presence: Visitation in the Adult ICU

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Scope and Impact of the Problem
Evidence shows that the unrestricted presence and participation of a support person (ie, family as defined by the patient) can improve the safety of care and enhance patient and family satisfaction. This is especially true in the intensive care unit (ICU), where the patients are usually intubated and cannot speak for themselves. Unrestricted visitation from such a support person can improve communication, facilitate a better understanding of the patient, advance patient- and family-centered care, and enhance staff satisfaction. Unrestricted presence of a support person can improve communication, facilitate a better understanding of the patient, advance patient-and family-centered care, and enhance staff satisfaction.

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