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, ChristianaCare is implementing a temporary visitation age restriction starting Tuesday, Jan. 21. 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.

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, ChristianaCare está implementando una restricción temporal en la edad de visitantes a partir del viernes 21 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.

Gracias por su comprensión y cooperación.

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

Clinical Trials

Understanding Clinical Trials

A medical research study—often called a clinical trial, research protocol or clinical study—expands our understanding of a disease. It helps doctors determine whether a new treatment is safe, effective and better than the current treatment method. Participating in a clinical trial does not make you a “guinea pig.” In fact, by the time a new medication or treatment option is ready to be tested by patients, it has already passed rigorous government safety standards and is found to have merits as a potential new medical option.

Some research studies look at statistical information gathered by studying population records. Clinical trials need volunteers to assist in different types of studies. For example, prevention trials test new drugs or techniques designed to prevent the development of a particular disease or condition in people at risk. Control trials test treatments for the symptoms and side effects caused by disease and examine quality of life issues. Treatment trials test the effectiveness of new therapies and drugs.

Why join a research clinical trial?

If you have a medical condition, being part of a research clinical trial may actually give you an advantage. You’ll benefit from increased medical attention and support from doctors and nurses who are committed to finding new and better ways to prevent and treat your illness. You may even qualify for free medical therapy. Many doctors find that, in general, their patients do better overall, medically and psychologically, when they take part in scientific studies designed to evaluate a new treatment for their illness.

You may want to participate for other reasons as well. Some clinical trials need healthy participants to help researchers find better methods of diagnosing or treating a disease. Clinical trials also need people who are at risk for certain illnesses or conditions to help researchers find ways to prevent the disease from developing as well as new techniques or technologies to catch the disease early at its most curable stages. Whatever the reason, by participating in a clinical trial you can make an important contribution to the future of medicine.

Find out more about joining a research clinical trial

To find out more about how you may benefit from a new medication or treatment available through ChristianaCare’s research program, ask your doctor or call the phone number listed under each medical research specialty. A research nurse will thoroughly review the trial with you, including:

  • Its purpose.
  • The type of treatment you’ll receive.
  • Any alternative treatments.
  • The treatment schedule.
  • Tests or monitoring involved.
  • Possible side effects or risks.
  • Possible benefits.
  • Your obligations as a participant and your rights as a research volunteer.
  • Costs to you or your insurance company.