University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics
TITLE: Visiting Policy for Patients on
REVISED: October 1, 2014
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Nurse Manager: Joan Watson, MS, RN
Director: Ann Malec, DNP, RN, NEA-BC
Medical Director: Alex Yevzlin, MD
To establish a policy regarding visitation during hemodialysis treatment
A. Refer to UW Health Clinical Policy 3.3.5 Participation of Patients’ Primary Supports and
Visitors for detailed information regarding visitation.
i. Hours for visitors (not primary supports) are 8 am to 9 pm.
ii. There are no age limitations on visitors. Children younger than 16 must be
accompanied and supervised by an adult who is not a patient.
iii. All persons in the hospital after 9 pm must wear an identification badge.
iv. During regular visiting hours, UWHC will not deny visitation to any person
identified by the patient as a person with whom the patient wishes to visit.
However, UWHC reserves the right to exclude anyone from its facilities at any
time for infection control or operational reasons.
B. The UWHC Hemodialysis Department limits visitation during the following times for
infection control and/or unit operations as outlined below.
i. Visitors and Primary support will be asked to stay in the waiting room until after
the dialysis treatment is started. Guests at the chairside or bedside during the
initiation of dialysis can be distracting, create crowded conditions and be unsafe
to patient, visitors and staff. Once the patient has been started on dialysis,
visitation is allowed and visitor can remain at the patient’s chairside or bedside
until the dialysis take off process is begun at which time they will be asked to
return to the waiting room.
ii. In certain circumstances, a primary support visitor may be allowed to be present
during initiation and termination of hemodialysis. If the visitor stays during these
procedures, personal protective equipment is required.
iii. Visitors to patients in isolation must follow the same precautions as staff
regarding masks, gloves and gowns.
iv. In case of an emergency in the dialysis unit, all visitors are asked to leave the
v. Due to the suppressed immune systems of most dialysis patients, visitors with
active tuberculosis, chickenpox, shingles, measles, mumps, acute respiratory
illness, colds, flu, fever, diarrhea, or certain skin infections are not allowed to visit
on the unit at any time.
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vi. For those patients who must have a dialysis catheter placed before starting on
hemodialysis, family members will be asked to leave the dialysis room until the
procedure has been completed. This for the safety of the patient and the observer
to keep distractions to a minimum.
A. UW Health Clinical Policy 3.3.5 Participation of Patients’ Primary Supports and Visitors
REVIEWED: Jan 2017