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.

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.

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