All visitors are required to wear masks.

For COVID-19 safety, all visitors to ChristianaCare facilities and services are required to wear masks. This includes visitors who are vaccinated. Please read our visitor guidelines before arrival.

Masks required at outpatient locations; visitors and support persons limited

All visitors at outpatient locations must be masked in alignment with the masking guidelines on our visitation policy page here. Patients at ChristianaCare’s outpatient services are advised to come to their appointments alone unless a support person is absolutely needed. If a support person is needed, such as a parent, guardian or spokesperson, we highly encourage that the support person be vaccinated. Outpatient practices are not requiring vaccination or a negative COVID test for visitors at this time.

All hospital visitors required to be vaccinated or have a negative COVID-19 test.

  • Inpatients in our Christiana, Wilmington and Union hospitals may have one visitor daily between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. The visitor must be 16 or older.
  • Patients having outpatient surgery may have one support person accompany them. Support persons must be 16 or older.
  • All visitors and surgical support people must show proof of vaccination OR a negative COVID-19 test within the prior 72 hours.

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Antibiotic Use

Antibiotic Use

When and Why to Take Antibiotics

The overuse and misuse of antibiotics has led to antibiotic-resistant germs — here’s what you can do to help.

Since 1928, when Sir Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin, antibiotics have saved millions of lives. These powerful drugs target and kill bacteria, which is why antibiotics can be used to treat infections caused by bacteria.

However, antibiotics have been used for so long — and for so many unnecessary conditions (including infections caused by viruses) — that bacteria are becoming antibiotic-resistant. As a result, the most effective, safest drugs are nowless effective, causing patients to need second- and third-line antibiotics that potentially have more side effects, may not work as well, and are more expensive. In some cases – that thankfully are rare, so far – there may be no effective antibiotics to treat someone’s infection. We must all therefore do our part to use antibiotics appropriately so we can make sure antibiotics can be used to treat bacterial infections when antibiotics are needed.

Did you know?

  • Eighty percent of all antibiotic use occurs in outpatients. This includes patients who have visited doctor’s offices, urgent care clinics or emergency departments for an illness. And importantly, 30 percent of these patients did not need antibiotics.
  • Studies have found that 50 percent of outpatients who are taking antibiotics for respiratory infections don’t need them. That’s because viruses — not bacteria — cause many respiratory infections like the cold or flu. Antibiotic medicines won’t help you feel better if you have a virus.
  • Reactions to antibiotics are among the most common drugs that cause emergency room visits and are the leading cause of medication-related emergency department visits for children.

Why should you care?

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that antibiotic-resistant bacteria cause two million illnesses and about 23,000 deaths each year in the United States alone.
  • Resistance to antibiotics is one of the most serious public health problems in the United States.
  • You won’t get any better by taking an antibiotic if a virus is causing your illness. What’s more, you could experience side effects from antibiotics.
  • Over-the-counter medications might control your symptoms more effectively.

What can you do?

In 2015, the White House issued the “National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria” to reduce inappropriate outpatient use by 50 percent by 2020.

To do your part:

  • Educate yourself. Learn more about conditions that don’t require an antibiotic.
  • Ask your doctor if you truly need antibiotics.
  • Talk to your doctor and pharmacist about over-the-counter treatments that can control your symptoms.
  • If you do need antibiotics, take them exactly as prescribed.
  • See your provider if a condition persists with or without antibiotics. 
  • Stay healthy by washing your hands, covering your mouth when you cough, staying home when you’re sick, and getting appropriate vaccines.