WINNIPEG — Victoria General Hospital is considering doing away with set hours families can visit loved ones and opening up visits 24/7.
A 2015 study by the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement (CFHI) found that fewer than one in three Canadian hospitals had accommodating visiting policies, and even less offered 24/7 access to designated family members.
Aside from that, research found a family presence shows improved patient outcomes and experience of care, fewer medication errors and falls, better informed medical assessments and care planning, and reduced lengths of stay.
“We’re encouraging Canadians to have conversations with their hospitals and healthcare organizations about whether they could identify a loved one to stay by their side around the clock if they so choose,” said Maria Judd, senior director of CFHI.
The 2015 CFHI poll found nine in 10 Canadians supported family presence policies.
Hospitals across the country are also considering implementing a similar policy when it comes to family visits.