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Visits of children to patients being cared for in adult ICUs: policies, guidelines and recommendations.
Jönköping University, School of Health Science, HHJ. CHILD.
CIVA Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Göteborg, Sweden CIVA, Sahlgrenska Universitetssjukhus, SE-415 45 Göteborg, Sweden.
Faculty of Health and Caring Sciences, Institute of Nursing, The Sahlgrenska Academy at Göteborg University, Box 457, SE-405 30 Göteborg, Sweden.
2004 (English)In: Intensive & Critical Care Nursing, ISSN 0964-3397, E-ISSN 1532-4036, Vol. 20, no 5, 264-74 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Little is known about the frequency of children visiting their nearest relatives in adult ICUs or if there are any policies/guidelines or recommendations regarding these. The aims of this multi-centre descriptive study were to survey Swedish ICUs policies/guidelines or recommendations, and examine the reasons given both for and against restricting child visits; if parents/guardians sought advice in connection with such visits, and if any differences in demographic data could be ascertained. Fifty-six Lead Nurse Managers (LNM), representing as many general adult ICUs, participated by answering a questionnaire. Only one ICU had written policy/guidelines concerning child visits; most ICUs (70%) had no policies/guidelines at all. All LNMs reported that their ICU was positive to child visits, but only two actively encouraged these. Nineteen (34%) of the ICUs restricted child visits. More than 50% of the LNMs reported that only about half of their patients ever had visits from children. Seventy percent of the ICUs had no restrictions on visiting hours, but 30% imposed some form of restriction. Twenty LNMs reported that 75% of the parents/guardians of children 0-6 years old asked for advice about child visits. However, those responsible for children >12 years of age seldom asked for any advice at all.

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2004. Vol. 20, no 5, 264-74 p.
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Intensive-care-unit; Child; Visiting policies; Visitors-to-patients
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-25435DOI: 10.1016/j.iccn.2004.06.004PubMedID: 15450615OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-25435DiVA: diva2:774643
Available from: 2014-12-27 Created: 2014-12-27 Last updated: 2015-01-15Bibliographically approved

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