Carondelet Health Network recognizes the visitation rights of patients and provides for patient-directed visitation to promote a therapeutic and healing environment for all patients based on their individual needs. These include cultural and ethical considerations and providing for the safety of our patients, families, visitors and healthcare providers.
The patient has the right to receive visitors whom the patient designates, including but not limited to, a spouse, a domestic partner, another family member or a friend. The patient has the right to withdraw or deny visitation at any time. The hospital does not restrict, limit or otherwise deny visitation privileges on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.
Hospital associates work with the patient to develop a visitation plan that meets the needs and preferences of the patient and support person. Many factors go into caring for patients safely, and open communication is needed between associates, patients and visitors to ensure a safe and compassionate hospitalization. Flexibility and consideration from hospital associates, patients and visitors will result in a positive hospital visitation experience.
General Visiting Guidelines
The hospital’s priority is the care and safety of patients. Patient visits may be restricted or limited for the following reasons:
- Visitation interferes with the care of the patient or other patients.
- Visitation poses a safety threat for the patient, other patients, physicians, associates or volunteers, including disruptive, threatening or violent behavior of any kind.
- The patient has specific infection control needs requiring special precautions including patient isolation and disease outbreaks or epidemics such as H1N1, RSV, measles or other illness.
- The patient is undergoing a procedure requiring control of the environment.
- The patient or another patient is experiencing a medical emergency requiring immediate intervention.
- The hospital is aware that the patient has a court order restricting visitation.
- The patient or patient’s roommate has a specific clinical need for privacy or rest.
- Visitation interferes with the clinical therapeutic treatment plan for the patient, such as a mental health patient or a patient who has experienced abuse.
- The number and location of visitors in a designated area may be limited to ensure compliance with National Fire Protection Agency regulations, including ensuring egress corridors and exits are free of obstruction and maximum occupancy standards are maintained.
Consult the patient care unit Charge RN if you have any questions about visitation.
For the health and safety of patients and visitors:
- Children visiting must remain under the supervision of an adult (18 years old or older) caregiver at all times.
- Visitors must use the public restroom facilities and may purchase food and beverages at the deli, cafeteria or vending machines located in the hospital.
- Visitors are not permitted in areas such as utility rooms, nurses’ stations, physician’s work areas and kitchens. Please ask associates if you need ice, water or other items.
- Visitors may not bring food or beverages into patient’s room or provide patient with food or beverages without first receiving approval from the nursing staff.
- Visitors will refrain from sitting or lying on patient beds, on the floor in the patient’s room or from lying down in the hospital waiting rooms. This helps prevent the spread of infection and ensures healthcare providers’ access to the patient.
- Visitors are requested to turn off cell phones ringers and to turn down the volume on all electronic devices to decrease noise in the patient care areas. Visitors may not use cell phones in patient rooms. Personal calls can be made in the hospital’s common areas.
- Visitors must wear shoes and shirts at all times to minimize the spread of infection.
- Visitors must not consume alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs; use tobacco products including cigarettes, cigars, smokeless and “green” cigarettes, pipes, chew tobacco and snuff; or litter or loiter on hospital grounds.
- Weapons are not allowed in the hospital or on hospital grounds.
- Any visitors requiring medical care will be assisted to the Emergency Center for medical screening and appropriate care.
- Members of the clergy may visit at any time. Clergy are requested to check with the patient’s nurse prior to visiting the patient.
The Patient Care Unit Charge Nurse must approve family overnight visitation, when requested by a patient. Visitors will be issued a visitor identification badge by Security or Nursing personnel which must be placed visibly on his/her clothing. The badge indicates to hospital staff that the visitor has permission to stay after 9 p.m. Please note that if the visitor leaves the building, he/she may not re-enter.
Some areas of the hospital have special rules regarding visitation. Please check with hospital staff to determine if there are any specific rules you and your visitors should be aware of.
Emergency Center Visiting
With the exception of the following guidelines, each patient is permitted two adult visitors. Children under age 13 may visit in special circumstances with permission of the charge nurse or emergency physician. Visitors must be free from recent exposure to communicable disease and without visible signs of infectious disease. During times of infectious outbreak in the community, visitation may be restricted. If visitors are asked to leave the treatment area, we appreciate their immediate cooperation and understanding.
Please respect the following guidelines:
- All visitors and staff are requested to wash their hands before and after patient contact. Containers with foam alcohol disinfectant are conveniently located outside the door of each patient room. In certain situations, visitors may be asked to wear a mask, gown and/or gloves while in the treatment room or in the waiting area.
- The charge nurse or emergency physician may restrict or expand visitation based on the needs of the patient and the department.
- A visitor identification badge will be issued and must be displayed at all times to gain entrance into the Emergency Center treatment areas.
- No visitors will be allowed with a patient who has been a victim of a violent crime until visitation has been authorized by law enforcement.
- Visitors may be asked to step outside the patient room during patient exam or treatment.
- Visitors will return to the waiting room if the patient leaves the department for tests.
- Visitors are not permitted in areas of the Emergency Center outside of the patient’s room and the main waiting area.
- No food or beverages may be brought into patient rooms.
- A shirt and shoes must be worn by all visitors at all times.
Caring Colors of Carondelet
The color of Carondelet associates’ uniforms designates the care of service that each can provide.
In order to promote an environment that is optimal for healing and rest, Carondelet hospitals have designated quite hours from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. every day. An overhead announcement signals the start of Quiet Hours, followed by an evening prayer.
Patients, visitors, associates are asked to contribute to the overall quiet by lowering voices and moving quietly through hallways. Visitors are also reminded that cell phone use is reserved for common areas only, and to be mindful about lowering your voice during this time.
Some patient care units also offer to patients’ quiet hours during the afternoon.
Visitors are requested to turn off cell phone ringers and to turn down the volume on all electronic devices to decrease noise in the patient care areas. Visitors may not use cell phones in patient rooms. Personal calls can be made in the hospital’s common areas.
Public restrooms are located next to the visitor waiting areas throughout the hospital. Visitors are asked to use the public restrooms to ensure their safety and privacy, as the bathroom doors in patient rooms do not lock.
Monday-Friday: 7:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Visitor parking is free of charge. Our lots are well lit. Security personnel are available to escort you to your vehicle if needed. Dial the operator and ask for an escort.
Tobacco Free Policy
Carondelet Health Network facilities are tobacco-free environments. Our efforts present an opportunity to help many individuals achieve healthier lifestyles. Tobacco use of any kind is not permitted:
• In the buildings or on the grounds of the facilities
• In any vehicle on our grounds
• At any office/program operated off site by one of our facilities
If you are a patient who smokes or uses tobacco, you may request that your physician prescribe a tobacco cessation aid for you while you are with us. We will do our part to make you comfortable in this environment, and ask that you and your family support the effort while you are with us.
Ask your (or the patient’s) nurse for information about smoking cessation or call the Arizona Smoker’s Helpline at 1-800-556-6222 or visiting www.ashline.org. Arizona Smoker’s Helpline provides counseling as well as discounts on smoking cessation aides.