Flu season visitor restriction – age 16 or older (Restricción de visitantes durante la Temporada de Influenza (Flu) – Mayores de 16 años.)

Flu Season Visitor Restriction

Visitors temporarily restricted to age 16 or older

As a safety first organization, Christiana Care is implementing a temporary visitation age restriction starting Friday, Jan. 18. This temporary restriction protects patients, their loved ones and health care workers during this time of extremely high number of influenza cases and other respiratory illnesses circulating in our community.

The new restrictions limit visitors to patients in Christiana and Wilmington hospitals to persons age 16 or older. Children and teens younger than 16 years are most likely to get the flu and remain contagious longer than adults. This restriction does not apply to outpatient and ambulatory services. We began restricting visitors under the age of 16 years in our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and Women’s and Children’s areas on Jan. 18.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

For more information about the Flu visit our Health Library.

Restricción de visitantes durante la Temporada de Influenza (Flu)

Temporalmente solo se permiten los visitantes mayores de 16 años.

Como una organización que promueve la seguridad ante todo, Christiana Care está implementando una restricción temporal en la edad de visitantes a partir del viernes 18 de enero. Esta restricción temporal protege a los pacientes, a sus seres queridos y al personal de cuidados de salud durante esta época con un número extremadamente alto de casos de influenza y de otras enfermedades respiratorias que circulan en nuestra comunidad.

Las nuevas restricciones, en los hospitales Christiana y Wilmington, sólo permiten visitas a pacientes de personas mayores de 16 años. Los niños y adolescentes menores de 16 años son más propensos a contraer el flu y son contagiosos por más tiempo que los adultos. Esta restricción no aplica a las áreas de servicios ambulatorios. Comenzamos la restricción de visitas a menores de 16 años en nuestra Unidad de Cuidados Intensivos Neonatales (NICU) y en las áreas para Mujeres y Niños desde el 18 de enero.

Gracias por su comprensión y cooperación.

Para más información sobre la gripe, visite nuestra Biblioteca de Salud.

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Physician Education

Science of Safety Video

In 2010 Christiana Care embarked on a national initiative called “On the CUSP: Stop Hospital-Acquired Infections,” led by Peter Pronovost, M.D., Ph.D., of the Johns Hopkins’ Center for Innovation in Quality Patient Care. CUSP, or Comprehensive Unit-Based Safety Program, consists of unit-based teams (CCHS has 7 currently: MICU, WICU, SCCC, CVICU, CICU, 2E and OR), each with physician and nursing champions, infection prevention, and an executive champion as well as many other front-line staff. One of the overarching goals of the program is to change the way health care systems think and communicate about patient safety (infections as well as other safety issues) and to adopt a culture in which every provider feels equally empowered to speak up about potential patient safety issues.

To that end, On the CUSP has produced a “Science of Safety” video featuring Dr. Pronovost that we are encouraging every Christiana Care employee and Medical-Dental Staff member to view. This is meant to provide the very basic ground work upon which we can build and expand the CUSP program. We feel that it is critically important for all members of the health care team – physicians, nurses, and ancillary staff – to view this material. The video is approximately 30-minutes long but we feel that this important material is vital information for our health care team.

Dr. Pronovost biography:
Peter Pronovost, M.D., Ph.D., is a practicing anesthesiologist and critical care physician, teacher, researcher, and international patient safety leader. Dr. Pronovost is a Professor in the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (Departments of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, and Surgery); in the Bloomberg School of Public Health (Department of Health Policy and Management) and in the School of Nursing. He is also Medical Director for the Center for Innovation in Quality Patient Care, which supports quality and safety efforts at the Johns Hopkins Hospitals. In 2003, Dr. Pronovost established the Quality and Safety Research Group to advance the science of safety. Dr. Pronovost and his research team are dedicated to improving health care through methods that are scientifically rigorous, but feasible at the bedside. Dr. Pronovost holds a doctorate in clinical investigation from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He is co-Principal Investigator of the “On the CUSP: Stop HAI” program.