Visiting

KVH Hospital encourages family and friends to visit loved ones in the hospital. However, please remember our patients are here for healing and recuperation; we ask that you be considerate during your visit.  We request that anyone who has been recently exposed to a communicable disease (such as chicken pox, measles, whooping cough), or has a cold or the flu, not come to visit.

Visitors should take proper hygienic precautions by using hand sanitizers when entering and exiting patient care areas. Hand sanitizer stations are frequently located throughout the hospital.

Cell phone use 
Visitors who wish to make or receive calls on their cell phones are encouraged to leave the patient's room to do so.

General guidelines

  • Normal visiting hours are 8:00 am to 8:00 pm. KVH Hospital will be flexible to accommodate special circumstances. Visitation may be limited after hours and may require approval of nursing staff or the house supervisor.
  • Patient well being (treatments, care, comfort and safety) is considered at all times.
  • KVH Hospital has the right to refuse visiting privileges to any visitor if it is detrimental to the patient and/or when the patient's condition does not allow immediate visitation. Visitors must be healthy and free of communicable disease; i.e., colds, flu symptoms, fever.
  • Patients or their support person will be notified at any time clinically necessary and reasonable visitor restrictions are put into place.
  • Visitors exhibiting inappropriate behaviors or signs of communicable diseases will be requested to leave.
  • Designated waiting areas are available throughout the hospital.
  • Congregating in the hallways, sitting outside rooms, or impeding the access to and from patient rooms or hallways creates a safety hazard. Staff will direct visitors to waiting areas.
  • Nursing directors and/or the house supervisor may approve overnight stays in the hospital for patient family members/significant others.
  • Patients who do not speak or understand English and require a translator during their stay may have a family member who is English-speaking stay at the bedside, as long as their presence does not interrupt or interfere with the patient's necessary medical/nursing treatments. In the case where a roommate objects, the translator may stay in a designated waiting area and be available for translation.
  • Family or other support persons may be with the patient at the bedside during the dying process.
Medical/Surgical Unit
  • The Medical/Surgical Unit observes normal visiting hours.
  • Staff may limit visitation during the admission process, or for procedures or when the diagnosis requires it.
  • When more than one patient occupies a room, visitors may be limited by the staff.
Critical Care Unit
  • Visitors to the Critical Care Unit (ICU) are limited based on patient condition.
  • Visitors must check in at the nurse's station prior to visiting patients.
  • One or two visitors may be at the bedside at one time.
  • Waiting room facilities are provided outside the ICU.
  • Children will be allowed to visit in the ICU at the discretion of the nursing staff.
  • Exceptions taken to this policy will be at the discretion of the ICU nursing personnel, the house supervisor, or the patient's physician.
Family Birthing Center
  • The philosophy of the Family Birthing Center (FBC) is to promote family bonding. Every effort will be made to accommodate the needs and desires of our patients. The comfort and safety of all patients in the FBC is considered at all times. Every effort will be made to allow significant others and/or support persons to remain with the patient at all times.
  • During normal visiting hours, visitation is at the discretion of the patient, nurse, and practitioner.
  • After normal visiting hours, visitors will be restricted by the hospital staff to only those for the patient in labor.
  • Children under the age of 8 years who are attending the delivery are required to have an adult with them.
Special Care Nursery
  • The mother and the significant other may visit the newborn at any time.
  • Others may visit when accompanied by the mother of the newborn or the significant other.
  • Visiting may be temporarily suspended in the Special Care Nursery at the nurses' discretion (i.e. procedures, admits, transports).
Emergency Department
  • All visitation is at the discretion of the medical and nursing personnel based on patient condition.
Surgery/Outpatient Department
  • Hospital visiting hours will be observed.
  • One or two visitors may wait with the patient in their room until their surgery.
  • While the patient is in surgery, visitors must wait in the large waiting room outside of the department.
  • Once the patient has returned to the room, a visitor may stay with the patient for the duration of the patient's recovery.
Post Anesthesia Recovery Unit (PACU)
  • No visitors may be present during the recovery phase of a patient's care.
  • If the patient is a pediatric patient, the parents will be allowed into the recovery room at the discretion of the recovery room nurse.
Pediatric patients/pediatric visitors
  • Children under the age of 12 should be accompanied by an adult.
  • Visiting hours for pediatric patients will be the same as for adult patients, however, after visiting hours one adult may stay with the patient.
  • Visiting may be limited at the discretion of the nurse or House Supervisor under certain conditions: (a) if the patient has a communicable disease; (b) if the visiting child has signs/symptoms of a communicable disease; and (c) if the patient needs rest or minimal stimulation.

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