Visitation Rights
The Kansas City Orthopaedic Institute encourages visitation in a manner that promotes healing, balances the needs of all patients and visitors, and creates a safe and secure environment. In fulfilling this purpose, The Kansas City Orthopaedic Institute recognizes the right of all patients to choose who may visit them during their stay.  Visitors of choice may include spouses, domestic partners (including same-sex domestic partners), family members, friends or other individuals regardless of formal relationship status, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, or disability.

There are times when clinically necessary or reasonable restrictions on visitation may be required. The following are examples of some of these times, but is not considered an all-inclusive list.  Where/when restrictions are imposed the hospital must clearly explain the reasons to the patient or support person.

  • The patient has a need for or requests rest or privacy.
  • Disruptive, threatening, or violent behavior of any kind is exhibited.
  • When visitation would interfere with the care of the patient or other patients.
  • Risk of communicability of infection between patient and visitor.
  • During Procedures
    • Support persons will not generally be allowed in the operative suite due to infection control concerns.  The members of the operative team are trained to perform the support needs of the patient during their operative experience. 
    •  Support persons will be allowed into the PACU area once the patient is alert and clinically stable as deemed by the professional staff.

KCOI staff and physicians should to be sensitive to the needs of patients who may request that a visitor be allowed to stay in the room to provide comfort when the patient is undergoing a procedure, and to make a best effort at accommodating such requests if the clinical situation allows for it.

Patients are asked to be unaccompanied by support persons during the first 15 minutes of the clinical admission interview to protect the patient from unintended exposure of personal health information.  

Patients or their representatives may file a grievance with hospital administration if they believe their visitation rights have been violated.

Visitor Responsibilities
Siblings and other visiting children are not allowed to stay overnight. For the safety of all children, please have a non-patient adult supervise children under the age of 12 at all times.

Please help prevent the spread of infection by washing your hands often and covering your mouth when coughing or sneezing.