Restricted Items

When visiting or presenting for treatment, use these guidelines as minimum requirements. Additional items may be prohibited on a particular unit or based on the characteristics of the population. Friends Hospital reserves the right to ban any objects determined to be dangerous.


Items that are not to be in patient possession at any time include:

  • Weapons of any nature
  • Alcohol or illegal substances
  • Razors
  • Cigarettes, cigars, or any other tobacco products. This includes e-cigarettes.
  • Cameras or recording devices of any kind
  • House and car keys
  • Alcohol-based mouthwash
  • Medications, unless ordered by physician for bedside use
  • Matches or lighters
  • Safety pins
  • Laptop computers, cell phones and personal electronic devices
  • Belts, shoestrings, drawstrings or scarves
  • Neck jewelry
  • Hair dryers, curling irons or straightening combs

Controlled items

Items generally permitted on units but use is controlled by staff include:

  • Mirrors or compacts
  • Glass items
  • Sewing needles, knitting needles and crochet hooks
  • Aerosol cans
  • Fingernail polish and polish remover
  • Scissors, nail clippers and tweezers
  • Perfume and cologne
  • Medical equipment with detachable cords (Plant Operation must check all items before use)