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Visitation Policy

SCOPE:

Jackson Hospital promotes a holistic approach to care, encompassing patient and family/centered
care. Hospitalization can cause or contribute to stress for both the patient and their family. Most
patients and families require assistance or support at different times, in different ways, and from
a variety of sources. Support may include assistance with decision making (for medical and nonmedical needs), help with transportation, emotional and psychological support, or help to meet
their needs at home. This support may be given by immediate family members, friends, relatives,
neighbors, co-workers, or clergy. It is our responsibility to help foster this support and help meet
those needs.

PURPOSE:

To provide information and guidelines for hospital visitors. Guidelines for the participation of
family and visitors should be flexible in order to respond to the diverse and changing needs and
preference of each patient.

POLICY:

A. General Visitation Guidelines:

  1. Open visitation during general visitation hours is encouraged to meet the patient’s
    medical, comfort, and privacy needs. However, some units may set limitations to the
    number of visitors allowed at one time for the purpose of providing safe care and privacy
    for the patients.
  2. General visitation hours are 6:00am-9:00pm. Changes to regular visitation hours will be
    posted at the entrance to the facility and on the hospital website.
  3. All visitors arriving between the hours of 9:00pm-6:00am must enter through the
    Emergency Room public entrance. All other access points for the facility will be locked
    during this time.
  4. Upon entrance, visitors may be asked to provide picture identification and sign in. Visitors will be given a visitor badge that must be worn at all times during the visitation.

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  5. Patients may designate one (1) essential caregiver. The essential caregiver will be
    allowed to visit for a minimum of two (2) hours daily, in addition to other authorized
    visitation. Essential caregivers are not required to provide patient care.
  6. Families are encouraged to participate in the care and comfort of their loved ones
    throughout their stay. At times, another patient may require privacy or confidentiality. At
    those times, family members will be asked to respect the patient’s special needs by
    stepping out and waiting in the designated area. Efforts will be made to keep the family
    updated of the length of time the restrictions are likely to be in place.
  7. Visitors under the age of 12 must be supervised by an adult visitor at all times.
  8. Pediatric Patients:
    1. One parent or responsible adult shall stay with a patient age 12 and under.
    2. Pediatric patients are placed in private rooms. If a child is in a crib, the bed may
      be used by the responsible adult. If not, a recliner will be furnished.
    3. A complimentary guest tray shall be sent to the parent/adult at meal times.
  9. In the Special Care Unit (i.e., intensive care), visitors may be limited to no more than two
    (2) at a time. Accommodations may be made for additional visitors in special
    circumstances.
  10. Exceptions to the general visitation guidelines due to certain circumstances will be
    reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
  11. Visitors who violate visitation guidelines or otherwise exhibit disruptive behavior may be
    asked to leave the facility.
  12. Questions or concerns regarding visitation should be referred to the Charge Nurse or Director of the unit.

B. Infection Prevention and Isolation Precautions

  1. Visitors may be screened for signs/symptoms of communicable diseases per CDC
    guidelines prior to entering the facility. However, proof of vaccination or immunization is
    not required.
  2. For the protection of patients, any visitor with signs/symptoms of nausea, vomiting,
    diarrhea, or cold symptoms, or exposure to communicable diseases (e.g., COVID, flu,
    chicken pox, measles) will be discouraged from visitation.
  3. Visitors may be asked to wear a face covering (procedure mask or cloth mask) while in
    the facility, except while eating. Exceptions may be given to anyone who has trouble
    breathing, children under age 2, or anyone who is unconscious, incapacitated or
    developmentally delayed, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
    Visitors who do not have their own face covering will be provided a facemask.
  4. Visitation may be limited for patients who are on isolation precautions, and those visitors
    may be instructed to wear protective clothing and equipment per the hospital’s Isolation
    Policy (e.g., N95 masks, gloves, gowns, goggles, face shields). Education on proper use
    of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) will be provided by staff prior to entering the
    patient’s room.
  5. Generally, no children under the age of 16 will be allowed to visit a patient on isolation
    precautions, due to limitations with proper fitting on PPE. However, accommodations
    may be made in special circumstances.
  6. Visitors are encouraged to wash hands often with soap and water, rubbing vigorously, for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, sneezing, going to the bathroom, and before eating or preparing food. An alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol may be applied to your hands if soap and water are not readily available. Cover all surfaces of your hands with the sanitizer, rubbing them together until completely dry. If your hands are visibly dirty, it is recommended to use soap and water in lieu of sanitizer. Always avoid touching your face, eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

C. Special Circumstances – In-person visitation will be permitted in all of the following
circumstances, unless the patient objects to visitation:

1. End-of-life situations;
2. Childbirth/labor and delivery;
3. Pediatric patients;
4. Patient with difficulty adjusting to change in environment (e.g., Alzheimer’s);
5. Patient with emotional distress while grieving the loss of a loved one;
6. Patient needing encouragement to eat or drink previously provided by a loved one;
7. Patient who used to interact and is now seldom speaking.

Contact Us

Office Hours
Monday – Thursday
8:00am – 4:30pm

Hospital (main operator)
(850) 526-2200

Surgery Department
(850) 718-2540

Surgery Waiting Room
(850) 718-3052

PACU/OPS
(850) 718-2554

Surgery fax
(850) 718-2680/2681