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Visiting Surgery Patients

Helpful Hints for Family Members and Visitors After Surgery

  • Please minimize talking, as a courtesy to patients.
  • Designated waiting areas are provided for visitors while not in patient rooms. Use waiting areas to visit or make phone calls. Waiting in hallways of patient care areas is not permitted due to safety and privacy concerns.
  • Limit the number of people in the room to one or two.
  • Do not bring food or coffee into the room because food smells can make the patient feel queasy.
  • Promote rest by limiting light, noise, and touch. Please do not turn on the TV unless the patient wants it on. You may also turn off the ringer on the telephone.
  • Do not bring infants and children to visit until a day or two after surgery.
  • Healthy children 14 years and under (no fever, runny nose, cough, or recent exposure to contagious illness) may visit during regular visiting hours.
  • Children may not be left in the patient’s room without another adult present.
  • Children may not spend the night in the hospital room.