What’s new in ICU visiting policies: can we continue to keep the doors closed?
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Restricting visiting in ICUs is neither caring, compassionate, nor necessary.
Berwick DM, Kotagal M (JAMA 2004)
Twelve years ago, Hilmar Burchardi wrote in an editorial in Intensive Care Medicine that “it is time to acknowledge that the ICU must be a place where humanity has a high priority. It is time to open those ICUs which are still closed” . The intervening period has undeniably brought about some changes in the direction indicated by Burchardi. However, the admission of patients to intensive care units (ICUs) still follows a “revolving door principle”: when the patient comes in, the family is sent out.
KeywordsConcession Intensive Care Medicine Posttraumatic Stress Symptom Ethical Level Revolving Door
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