Visiting a Patient

Visiting a Patient

Open Visiting hours are 5 am.-9 p.m. Check with the patient’s nurse about the best time and length for visits. After open visiting hours, all visitors must enter and exit through the Emergency Department.

Plan your visit
Please speak with the patient’s nurse about the best time and length for visits. If possible, plan your visit with the patient's other family members or friends so that not everyone comes at the same time. Visits may be limited only if the patient needs more rest or as a courtesy to another patient sharing the same room.

Visit in good health
If you have an illness that's easily spread to others (such as a cold, cough, flu, chicken pox, measles, mumps) please do not visit patients.

Practice good hand hygiene
To prevent the spread of germs, we ask that all visitors use alcohol gel or wash their hands before visiting patients.

Child visitors
Please be sure that children you bring with you for a patient visit are always supervised by an adult.

Pet and service animal policy
We know that pets are often members of the patient’s family. However, due to general health issues, only licensed service and therapy animals may visit patients.

Smoke-free locations
All Swedish locations are smoke-free. This means smoking is not allowed on Swedish property, owned or leased, including parking garages and lots. You may smoke on public sidewalks, but you must be at least 25 feet from any entrances, exits, windows that can open, air-conditioners, vents or other air-intake systems. You can ask the unit or information desk for a map of Swedish property boundaries.

Use of electronic equipment
In the hospital, the use of a cell phone, personal digital assistant (PDA), pager or laptop computer is limited. Hallways and waiting rooms are the best places to use these devices, but you must be at least 10 feet away from any medical equipment.

 

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