Hospital ICUs loosen visitation restrictions for friends and family

In an episode of the classic TV series “The Golden Girls,” Rose is hospitalized after collapsing from a sudden heart attack. Dorothy and Blanche beg to visit their housemate and dear friend before she is wheeled in for triple bypass surgery. But the nursing supervisor is stern, and clear: Family ONLY.

In a scene from the classic movie “Grumpy Old Men,” Walter Matthau goes to visit his best friend Jack Lemmon, who has just suffered a life-threatening cardiac episode after the two of them had a fight over Ann Margaret. When the attending nurse asks Matthau if he is family, Matthau doesn’t bat an eyelash before giving the only answer he knows will get him in: “Yes.”

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