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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Patient & Visitor Guide

Understanding the Intensive Care Unit

The Surgical Critical Care Complex, which is on the second floor of Christiana Hospital, is for patients who require frequent nursing care, close monitoring and the use of advanced technological equipment. It is staffed by trauma physicians and nurses who provide care 24 hours a day. It can be an extremely stressful and overwhelming experience while a loved one is in the Intensive Care Unit. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask one of our team of nurses, physicians, therapists, clergy, social workers and dietitians.

Who are all of these people?

There are many different people assisting in caring for your loved one. They include nurses, doctors, residents, respiratory therapists, pharmacists, patient-care technicians, dietitians, chaplains, social workers, speech therapists, occupational therapists and physical therapists.

Rounds—a structured series of visits by the members of the patient-care team—are done each morning on all patients. During rounds, doctors, nurses, the respiratory therapist, dietitian and pharmacist discuss the best plan of care for the patient.

What is this equipment?

When entering the Surgical Critical Care Complex, it can be overwhelming to see the variety of equipment, tubes and wires that are in a patient’s room. We use specialized equipment that monitors breathing, heart rate, blood pressure and oxygenation, a form of treatment with oxygen. It allows us to detect problems or changes quickly. These monitors are located in each room and at the nurse’s station.

You may also see some other equipment in the room that assists us in providing the best care for your loved one:

  • A ventilator may be used if a patient needs help with breathing, but this will prevent the patient from talking.
  • A small piece of equipment with a red light on either the patient’s ear or finger is a device that detects oxygenation.
  • If the patient is wearing a pair of white socks or boots on each leg, these are called pneumatic compression boots. They are used to help promote circulation in the legs while the patient is in bed. These boots also help to decrease the risk of blood clots in the legs.

It is possible that you may hear some alarms and beeps coming from the equipment while you are in the room. Our staff is monitoring these alarms at all times. If you have any questions about the equipment or the alarms, please do not hesitate to ask.