Hospital Visitation Restrictions Are Hurting Patients and Nurses — New protocols and COVID mitigation techniques can enable safe visitation

September 8, 2021

Medpage Today |  by Karen Cox, PhD, RN, and Tejal K. Gandhi, MD, MPH 

Closeup of a nurse holding the hand of a dying patient.

As COVID-19 began rapidly spreading across the U.S., hospitals adopted policies that prohibited patient visitation — a move that was designed to prevent the spread of the virus and ensure the safest environment possible. A year and a half later, we are battling new variants of COVID-19 and finding ourselves in the same predicament: nurses are serving as surrogates for family members as patients take their final breaths so they won’t die alone.  Read more…

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