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.

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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.

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Clinical Trials

Your Rights and Privacy

At Christiana Care, all studies are first approved by the Institutional Review Board, a special committee that reviews and oversees all research projects to ensure that participants’ rights and welfare are protected. The IRB includes doctors, nurses and other health care professionals, research scientists and community members.

The IRB reviews each study to make sure it is safe and reasonable to ask for volunteers and that any associated risks are as small as possible. The IRB continues to monitor the study as it progresses to make sure volunteers are protected.

Your participation is always voluntary

Participation in any medical research trial is completely voluntary. During the course of the study, you may be told of new findings, benefits or risks. At that time, you may decide to leave the study. It is your choice to participate or to leave a study at any time, including after the study has started or during follow-up.

If you do not wish to take part in a study or if you decide to stop participating after the study has begun, know that your decision will in no way interfere with the quality of medical care you receive.

Informed consent

When you volunteer to join a clinical trial, you will be asked to give your informed consent. Your signature on the informed consent form says that you voluntarily agree to participate and that you understand the key facts about the research study, including what will take place in the study and how it might affect you. A research nurse will discuss the research study with you, answer any questions you may have and help you fill out the informed consent form. You may need approval from both your primary-care physician and your specialist (if you have one) to participate in a clinical research study.

Your records will remain confidential

Your medical records and your study records will be kept confidential. Information about your medical or study records will only be given to the researchers conducting the study or to those responsible for making sure the study is safe and following approved procedures. These groups would include members of the research staff, the Institutional Review Board, the company or group funding the study and the appropriate government agencies who oversee the study. Your records can provide important information to these review groups about whether the study is following acceptable research practices.