Hospital Visits: 5 Rules You Don’t Know About

A hospital gurney( — When visiting a friend or family member in the hospital, there are many things to keep in mind prior to, during, and after your visit.

These guidelines are important both for your safety, as well as that of the individual you are visiting. While this is not an exhaustive list, here are some important aspects of a hospital visit that may be self-evident, but are often overlooked or forgotten.

1. Don’t Visit If You Have An Acute Illness and/or A Fever

If planning a visit to the hospital, do not go through with your plans if you have a cold, are recovering from an acute illness and still have symptoms, or if you have a fever. In terms of fevers, you should consider yourself infectious for 24 hours following the end of the fever. This applies to children and adults, since fevers can be infectious for 24 hours after symptoms have subsided and your temperature has returned to normal.

2. Observe Necessary Precautions