Effective October 15, 2018, Lurie Children’s is implementing a year-round visitation policy and new electronic visitor management system. The goal of these changes is to ensure the safety of our patient population and staff.
All visitors MUST be healthy. Visitors will be screened by concierge for fever, sore throat, cough, runny nose, vomiting, diarrhea or rash. Visitors will be asked if they have been exposed to a communicable disease in the past month such as chicken pox, measles, tuberculosis (TB), mumps and whooping cough/pertussis.
Visitation Guidelines: visitation hours – 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Because the health and safety of our patients, families, visitors and staff is of utmost importance to us. The policy needed to include the changes necessary to implement the electronic visitor management system and to prevent the spread of viruses to our patients.
Our Infection Prevention & Control experts have found that viruses other than influenza cause serious illness in our most vulnerable hospitalized patients all year long. A year-round policy has been created in collaboration with our Family Advisory Board to prevent the spread of viral illness and support family dynamics.
To maintain a safe environment, we ask anyone 18 and older who is entering the Hospital for any reason, to show a photo ID. We may use your ID to check a variety of sources, including public registries that identify individuals who may pose a risk to children. We reserve the right to use this information to restrict access to hospital locations as appropriate.
The following are acceptable forms of identification:
If you do not have a photo ID, our Security Officers will assist in determining if you may visit and we can take your photo to provide you with photo identification during your visit.
Up to two parents/legal guardians may stay overnight in the patient’s room. Adult patients with decisional capacity may choose up to two support person(s) to stay overnight. Some units can only accommodate one person overnight.
No. Healthy siblings of all ages may visit during regular visiting hours 10am – 8:30pm.
Parents will provide a list of up to 10 approved visitors who can visit their child.
Please share this information with your approved visitors so they understand that they should not plan to come to the hospital if they have any symptoms of these illness or exposures.
No. To limit the spread of viruses, no children other than siblings may visit unless they are 16 years or older.
Parents will identify approved visitors for their children. An approved visitor list will include parents/legal guardians, siblings and others.
Up to four healthy persons on the approved list may be in a patient’s room at one time. Pleases note that this number is limited to three healthy persons on the list in the critical care units and observation unit. An example: Mom, Dad, Grandmother, one sibling.
Because most patients stay in the hospital for about three days, no changes to the original list will be made. This limits viral exposures.
But, if your child has an extended stay of more than 30 days, please ask to speak to a unit manager to discuss.
Family and friends not on the list can share their support virtually. Suggestions include:
Please avoid flowers/plants because these are not allowed in many units.
Ask your child’s nurse before bringing in any food to your child because:
If your nurse says you may bring in food for your child:
Reflecting our commitment to family-centered care and the diversity of our families, we respect the diversity of culture, religion, race, ethnicity, language, physical or mental disability, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, sex, gender identity or expression, national origin and age reflected in the parent(s), legal guardian(s), or support person(s) of patients cared for by the Hospital.