When discussing cases of hospital negligence, most in Queens may think that any problems in such scenarios would be squarely focused on a patient’s care. Yet what about the circumstances of a patient’s care? While the primary reason that patients are admitted to a hospital or medical center is so that they can be under the direct supervision of caregivers, putting one in the ideal environment to heal and recover is just as important. To achieve such an environment, one needs to be removed from the distractions and stresses of his or her daily life. That can include keeping him or her separated from certain people.
One might think that it is not the job of a hospital or its staff to screen visitors for a patient. Yet when listing the rights that every patient has, U.S. News and World Report included the right for one to choose his or her hospital visitors. The hospital environment should be safe for both patients and caregivers, yet all too often problems that patients are experiencing with family members and friends find their way inside such facilities. Relationship problems, family disputes or legal issues may be among the many reasons why one may want to bar certain people in his or her life from seeing him or her. Thus, he or she should be able to tell the hospital where he or she is receiving care who should be allowed to visit.
This is not a general expectation, but an actual legal requirement. Following a presidential memorandum in 2010, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued new guidelines regarding hospital visitation rights, placing the responsibility on facilities to explain to patients their right to choose their visitors, and requiring them to have written policies and procedures specifically related to visitation.