AAMC welcomes families – Q&A and fabulous prizes!

AAMC welcomes families – Q&A and fabulous prizes!

Q. What is the new policy on visiting? A: Our new policy states that we welcome families 24-hours a day, as the patient and/or family wishes. The patient determines who their family is.

 “We have really turned the corner on our unit. We welcome families to stay, provide them full access to refreshments and at times arrange for them to get a meal the next morning. It’s amazing how much their anxiety has dropped. All the nurses have embraced this change.”-Annette Bargmann, RN, SCU

“We have really turned the corner on our unit. We welcome families to stay, provide them full access to refreshments and at times arrange for them to get a meal the next morning. It’s amazing how much their anxiety has dropped. All the nurses have embraced this change.”-Annette Bargmann, RN, SCU

Q: Who does this affect?  A: Everyone who interacts with patients and families, in all departments.

Q: When does this new policy start? A: June 1, 2011.

Q: Why is this important? A: Family members provide support, comfort, and key information for their loved ones in the hospital. Research has shown that the care of patients is improved when they are surrounded by loved ones—many hospitals are changing visiting policies to reflect this data. Patient and family-centered care involves listening to what the patients and their families have to say about everything, from visiting hours to changing our signs around the hospital.

Q: Are there any exceptions? A: Yes. Decisions to restrict or limit presence must be discussed with the patient and/or family. Family and/or visitor presence may be limited depending on circumstances that may not be safe for the patient and/or family.

What about the fabulous prizes?!

We need to find and replace all our old visiting signs–and we need your help! Here’s your challenge: Help us find any hospital signs, booklets, pamphlets or website information with old information on our past visiting hours. Send an email to PFCC@aahs.org or call x1688 and report your “find” with the location of the sign (and other stuff), your name and contact information. Submit by Friday, May 27 and be entered in a drawing for fabulous prizes!

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