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I started a committee to research the effects of our
visiting hours, telephone inquiries and infection
I work in an ICU/PCU 30 bed unit in NYC. We have open
visiting hours, which recently has become chaotic.
Families come, resent when you ask them to wash their
hands. They eat at the bedsides. Small children are
brought onto the unit.
I have been researching for months and of course find
all the related articles to health care workers and
Has anyone done research on the visitors?
I continue to see a trend where people don't seem to
understand that although a hospital is a healing
environment, very sick patients are up on the unit and
within the floors.
Eating, kissing on the mouth, climbing in bed with the
intubated/septic patient, walking barefoot or with
socks on the hospital floors and allowing children to
touch everything and anything without the benefit of
handwashing; I feel has added to our infection control
I would appreciate any opinions or articles on this.