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Visitation Guidelines

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Family and Visitor Guidelines

UT Southwestern strives to provide a caring and healing environment. Our goal is to provide exceptional care in every aspect of your hospital stay. The hospital has an open visitation policy – you may visit at any time.

  1. The number of visitors per patient is dependent on the patient, family or guardian’s request, the patient’s medical, emotional and psychological needs, the level of unit activity, and available space.
  2. We ask family to stay in the patient’s room or waiting rooms at all times, rather than waiting in hallways, to ensure privacy and confidentiality for all of our patients.    
  3. The nurse may ask visitors to step out of the patient’s room when a medical procedure needs to be performed. This is done for patient safety and privacy. The nurse will notify the family when they can return to the room.
  4. After admission into the hospital, if the patient has a large family, the nurse will seek to identify a FAMILY SPOKESPERSON to be the contact person between the nursing staff, family and friends. This partnership will allow the family best access to the patient – and more importantly, support the patient by including the family as part of the caregiver team. The Family Spokesperson will help by taking phone calls regarding the patient’s condition and working with us to plan individual visiting guidelines for that patient.
  5. The patient’s designated visitors will be provided a security code to use when inquiring about the patient. No information will be given over phone or in person without the security code.
  6. Children under the age of 12 should remain with an adult at all times. All visiting children must remain under the supervision of an adult family member to ensure a safe and restful environment for the patient(s). There may be patient care areas in the hospital where visitation by children is not encouraged due to infection prevention risk (e.g. Bone Marrow Transplant, Transplant, and Neonatal ICU). Please make prior arrangements with your care team in order to arrange visitation of children under 12 in these areas.
  7. Remember to wash your hands upon entering and exiting your loved one’s room. Visitors must follow all directions regarding use of gowns, gloves and mask. Please check with your care team before visiting patients in isolation rooms.
  8. We encourage you not to visit if you are ill, have a cough, or fever. A mask can be provided if needed.
  9. Only one visitor is permitted to stay overnight.
PLEASE NOTE: All guests in the hospital after 10 p.m. are required to wear a visitor badge. You may obtain a visitor badge from Guest and Patient Services after 7 p.m.

ICU Family and Visitor Guidelines

UT Southwestern strives to provide a caring and healing environment. Our goal is to provide exceptional care in every aspect of your hospital stay. The ICU does not have set visiting hours – you may visit at any time.

  1. The number of visitors per patient is dependent on the patient, family or guardian’s request, the patient’s medical, emotional and psychological needs, the level of unit activity, and available space.
  2. We ask family to stay in the patient’s room or waiting rooms at all times, rather than waiting in hallways, to ensure privacy and confidentiality for all of our patients.
  3. The hospital staff may ask visitors to step out of the patient’s room when a medical procedure needs to be performed. This is done for patient safety and privacy. The nurse will notify the family when they can return to the room.
  4. After admission to the ICU, if the patient has a large family, the nurse will seek to identify a FAMILY SPOKESPERSON to be the contact person between the nursing staff, family and friends. This partnership will allow the family best access to the patient – and more importantly, support the patient by including the family as part of the caregiver team. The Family Spokesperson will help by taking phone calls regarding the patient’s condition and working with us to plan individual visiting guidelines for that patient.
  5. The patient’s designated visitors will be provided a security code to use when inquiring about the patient.
  6. Children under the age of 12 should remain with an adult at all times. All visiting children must remain under the supervision of an adult family member to ensure a safe and restful environment for the patient(s). Please ask before bringing children into patient care areas.
  7. Please refrain from bringing outside food, flowers or live plants into the ICU.
  8. Remember to wash your hands upon entering and exiting your loved one’s room. Visitors must follow all directions regarding use of gowns, gloves and mask. Please check with your care team before visiting patients in isolation rooms.
  9. Please do not visit if you are ill, have a cough, or fever. A mask can be provided if needed.
  10. Only one visitor is permitted to stay overnight.
PLEASE NOTE: All guests in the hospital after 10 p.m. are required to wear a visitor badge. You may obtain a visitor badge from Guest and Patient Services after 7 p.m.