We consider families to be an essential part of the care team, and we appreciate the vital role you play in providing comfort and care to your child during the hospital stay.
Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone welcomes parents, legal guardians, or family care partners to be with their children 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. One of these important people may stay overnight in the child’s hospital room. To help children heal and get the rest they need, we ask that all other friends and family leave by 9:00PM.
NYU Langone Visitor Policy
Our policy for friends and family in the hospital focuses on creating an environment that promotes patient healing.
When your child is admitted to the hospital, we ask you to fill out an approved visitor list. This list indicates who is allowed to stay with your child around the clock and who is allowed to visit your child during the day.
You may select 2 parents or legal guardians and 2 additional family care partners over the age of 18, any one of whom may stay overnight with your child. You may also select up to 10 additional people who may visit with your child during the day, but who cannot stay overnight. These can include siblings, other family members, and friends.
To ensure every child’s comfort and safety, we ask that no more than two people from your approved visitor list visit at the bedside at the same time.
Visiting Policies by Unit
Here are the visiting guidelines for different areas of the hospital.
Parents, friends, and family in these areas receive a visitor badge or an orange parent wristband. No more than two people may be at the baby’s bedside at the same time.
Infants and children under age 3 are not permitted in the NICU. Children and teens ages 3 to 18 who are the baby’s siblings may visit, but they must be accompanied by a parent, guardian, or family care partner and be up to date with their vaccinations. Children ages 3 to 12 are invited to meet with a child life specialist in preparation for spending time with their siblings. This can be arranged with your baby’s nurse or child life specialist.
Pediatric Critical Care, Acute Care, and Rehabilitation Units
Parents, guardians, and family care partners have around-the-clock visitation privileges, and one person may stay overnight in our pediatric critical care, acute care, and rehabilitation units. Parents, friends, and family in these areas receive a visitor badge or an orange parent wristband.
Usually no more than two guests are allowed at the bedside. Space limitations and patient safety issues may require our nursing staff to limit the number of people who can spend time with your child at the same time. Children must be at least 2 years of age and be up to date with their vaccinations.
If your child is having surgery, one parent or guardian can ask for permission to enter the operating room. This is up to the anesthesiologist and is based on many factors. If this is allowed, you will be asked to leave after your child is asleep.
Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU)
After your child’s surgery is finished, he or she is brought to the post-anesthesia care unit (PACU). Two parents, guardians, family care partners, or friends or family members may stay at the bedside. Children who visit in the PACU must be at least 16 years old.