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This category includes the visitor that the patient designates, including but not limited to friend, family member, or any identified support person. Name tags are not necessary for patient companions. Student Health Services at Oregon State University promotes the well-being of patients by allowing patients to identify their support person during the visit. Staff will confirm that the patient consents to having their companion present (i.e., feels safe and has no concerns about confidential information being discussed) without the companion present. The note should include documentation that the patient consented to have their companion present. When applicable, clinician will explain to the patient that their companion is not a substitute for a medical chaperone.
OSU Student Health prohibits discrimination against visitors based on age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture, language, physical or mental disability, socioeconomic status, gender, sexual orientation, or gender identity/expression. OSU Student Health will ensure that all visitors have full and equal privileges consistent with patient preference regardless of whether the visitor is a family member, friend, or partner, and will also ensure their right to withdraw such consent to visitation at any time.