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.

Emergency Services

Forensic Nurse Examiners

ChristianaCare Forensic Nurse Examiners are specially trained to provide comprehensive care for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, child or elder abuse and neglect, and other violent crimes. Thousands of victims of these crimes have been treated at ChristianaCare Health System since the Forensic Nurse Examiners team began in 1997.

A forensic nurse examiner is present in the emergency department at all times. Special training and experience in helping victims of violence enables them to:

  • Treat men, women and children who have been assaulted.
  • Evaluate and care for injuries resulting from violence.
  • Provide treatment to help prevent sexually transmitted infections that may result from sexual assault.
  • Initiate crisis intervention when needed.
  • Provide emotional support.
  • Arrange medical and psychological follow-up.
  • Collect and document legal evidence of the assault.
  • Testify in court.

Sexual assault

ChristianaCare forensic nurse examiners treat more than 200 victims of sexual assault every year. Nurse examiners at ChristianaCare’s emergency departments are part of the state of Delaware’s multidisciplinary Sexual Assault Response Team, created to ensure that survivors of sexual assault do not become victims of a fragmented medical-legal system. They offer confidential services, evaluate each victim’s pregnancy risk and help prevent sexually transmitted diseases and infections. These services are provided at no cost to the victim. Confidential services are provided whether or not the victim chooses to have police involvement.

Domestic violence

Each year, ChristianaCare forensic nurse examiners assess and treat more than 200 victims of domestic violence. In addition to treating injuries and documenting evidence, the nurse also helps to educate the victim about domestic violence, assist with safety planning to prevent further violence and provide access to community services, such as advocacy programs and shelters. Confidential services are provided whether or not the victim chooses to have police involvement.

Child, elder, dependent-adult abuse and neglect

Child and elder abuse and neglect are public-health issues that too often go unrecognized. Since January 2005, the forensic nurse examiners at ChristianaCare have provided medical-legal services for patients who are also victims. They offer education to the medical community, the community at large and law-enforcement agencies to recognize the signs and symptoms of abuse and neglect.

In the Emergency Department, a forensic nurse is called upon whenever it is suspected that a child, elder or dependent adult may have been a victim. The nurse will notify the proper authorities, verify safety upon discharge from the Emergency Department and testify in court.

Other victims of violent crime

ChristianaCare’s Forensic Nurse Examiner team provides evidence collection for patients who are victims of violent crimes such as gunshot wounds, stabbing or serious assault. This includes obtaining a limited history, and creating written and photo documentation of injuries while medical treatment is being provided. This service is provided without interfering with medical treatment, and it ensures that crucial evidence is not lost in the course of emergency medical treatment.

Forensic Nurse Examiners
Christiana Hospital
4755 Ogletown Stanton Road, Newark, DE 19718 directions