Guidelines for Visitors and Families
Patients in a hospital are in a unique situation. They are away from the
comforts of home. It may be hard to sleep or concentrate. A patient's
state of mind is almost always improved by seeing friends or family
In a hospital, patient care comes first and visitors must be mindful not
to impede the care of loved ones or their neighbors. Below are some
things to remember when visiting a hospital.
Respect Other Patients in a Hospital
Keep voices at a conversational level.
Do not use phones, video games, radios, or anything that could
wake up a sleeping patient.
Do not bring in candles, incense, diffusers, room spray, or
anything that could produce smells or smoke.
Stay out of the way of hospital personnel.
Follow visiting hour
rules. Intensive care unit and other specialty areas may
have different hours.
If the Patient You're Visiting is Sharing a Room with Another Patient
Keep voices low.
If the other patient is sleeping, please respect their recovery.
Whisper or take conversations outside of the room.
Keep the television at a quiet volume.
Do not discuss medical conditions or other private matters.
Do not touch equipment or move curtains unless directed by a
Keep groups small; schedule different times of the day if a
large group of people would like to visit. Two to four people
should be the maximum number of people visiting at once.
Help to Keep Patients Safe
If you feel sick, have a cough or fever, please do not visit the
To prevent the spread of germs, wash hands or use hand sanitizer
when entering and when leaving the room. Hand sanitizer
dispensers are located in every patient's room and in the
Ask a nurse to help move a patient if they are uncomfortable or
Don't bring in outside food if the patient is on dietary
Never give a patient medications. If you have a question about
medications, please ask a nurse.
Don't rearrange furniture or move or adjust equipment.
Visiting a patient can be an important part of their recovery. Please
help keep it a satisfying experience for all patients at the hospital.
Refer to a nurse for any other questions or concerns.