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.

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.