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The University of Chicago Medicine - Comer Children's Hospital

Visitation Guidelines

The University of Chicago Medicine has implemented a new electronic visitor system to create a more orderly process for patients and visitors to appropriately access our facilities. This new computerized system is in operation in Comer Children’s.

Visitors will require a photo ID to check in at the security desks located at the Comer main entrance or Comer Emergency Department. They will be issued a wearable visitor badge that will include photo, name, and unit/room number of patient, date and time. The badges will be active for 24 hours and must be worn at all times. Passes will be color-coded by building to aid in identification of visitors who may be lost and in need assistance.

All visitors will be checked against the visitor list and visitor restriction list.

Four visitor passes, in addition to wristbands for two parents/guardians, will be available for each patient room on Comer 5 and 6. Two passes will be available for the NICU and PICU/CICU.

Visiting Hours

Parents have 24-hour access to their child. Visiting hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. for all others.

Each parent and legal guardian will be provided with a yellow band to identify them as having 24-hour access.

Siblings and Friends

All minor children (17 years or younger) have additional visitation guidelines to promote safety and infection control. Ask your child's nurse about the process to have a minor visit your child. Minors must be supervised at all times.

Number of Visitors

  • NICU, CTCU and MTCU: Up to two people are permitted at the bedside
  • PICU and CICU: Up to four people (two parents/legal guardians with yellow ID bands and two visitors) are permitted at the bedside
  • Comer 5 and 6: A total of six people (two parents/legal guardians with yellow ID bands and four visitors) are permitted at the bedside

Use of Hospital Elevators and Bridges

  • Use of guest elevators requires staff assistance after visiting hours. Use of staff elevators requires staff assistance at all times.
  • The second floor bridge is for patient transport and parents/guardians with yellow ID bands
  • The third floor bridge is for patient transport only

The University of Chicago Medicine reserves the right to limit visitation as it considers appropriate to the interests of children, families, visitors, and staff.