It's about time. This should be between the patient and the hospital. Imagine you've lived unmarried to somebody for 20+ years and as they are dying you are denied access to their bedside. This should be a no brainer.
It's your responsibility to keep it updated.
Plenty of people have had unpleasant reunions with abusive family members, estranged children, and spouses in the process of divorce during health emergencies. Having the government dictate the call-down list of your relations is no guarantee of a happy ending.
Because it is ICU and the person is under 24 hr care, they dont want too many visitors, ICU is not the ward and its a different environment.I'm not just talking gay here. I mean when did they come up with the idea that only immediate family can access someone in ICU? I mean outside of my wife - I'm not sure I want any of my immediate family having access to me - but there are friends - my pastor - I have who I would want to have access. ANYHOW there has to be a reason why they made the rule in the first place and I for one . . . just don't get it.
In that situation they want as few people as possible..and form experience I know that many patients also want it that way, immediate family only.
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