Satisfaction With Elimination of All Visitation Restrictions in a Mixed-Profile Intensive Care Unit

Author(s): Diane K. Chapman, RN, BSN, CCRN, Dave S. Collingridge, PhD, Lorie A. Mitchell, RN, MSN, Elizabeth S. Wright, RN, MSN, Ramona O. Hopkins, PhD, Jorie M. Butler, PhD, and Samuel M. Brown, MD, MS

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP B 1.00

Expires Jan 01, 2019

Topics: Family-Centered Care

Population: Adult

Role: Staff

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Open and patient-tailored guidelines have been recommended as the preferred visitation model in critical care settings; however, many critical care units continue to restrict visitation.


  • Understand the rationale for open visitation policies in the critical care setting.
  • Consider how open visitation policies might affect patients, families, and nursing staff.
  • Evaluate the effect of transitioning from a minimally restrictive visitation policy to an open visitation policy.

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