End the draconian hospital visitation policies during COVID-19
“At the start of the pandemic when hospitals were overrun, testing and PPE were scarce, and unknowns about COVID-19 transmission abound, such restrictions were reasonable, perhaps even essential. But we have made progress since then; most hospitals test most if not all admitted patients for COVID-19; most Americans own a mask, and hospitals are able to provide to those without one. We must still take reasonable precautions. Allowing only one visitor at bedside, placing restrictions on movement of visitors throughout the hospital, and ensuring they practice social distancing from other hospital staff. With this, we can maintain patient and staff safety but also prioritize a part of care that is currently being undervalued.
And as hospitals and cities across the country continue to try and get a handle on the pandemic, we must also continually re-examine what aspects of care we determine to be essential and must preserve in some way. And we must realize that family at the bedside is part of that essential care our patients need to heal.”
Taimur Safder is a cardiology fellow.
He shares his story and discusses his KevinMD article, “It’s time to end draconian hospital visitation policies during COVID-19.” (https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2021/02/its-time-to-end-draconian-hospital-visitation-policies-during-covid-19.html)