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. 9. 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. 2.

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 9 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 2 de enero.

Gracias por su comprensión y cooperación.

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

First State School at Christiana Care Health System

First State School gives children and adolescents who would otherwise be homebound with serious illnesses the chance to attend school with their peers while they get the medical treatment they need. Located at Wilmington Hospital, First State School offers kindergarten through high-school education to children with diabetes, sickle-cell anemia, severe asthma, cancer and other illnesses that preclude attendance at regular school.

The program is only one of three in operation nationwide. It is a collaboration between Christiana Care and the Delaware Department of Education through the Red Clay School District. Teachers are state-certified employees of Red Clay School District, and they provide instruction in accordance with the student’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and the Delaware State Content Standards. The First State School staff, including physicians, nurses, educators and psychologists are available throughout the school day to oversee each student’s daily needs in collaboration with their family and primary care physicians and subspecialty consultants.

The first school of its kind in the United States, First State School serves as a quality model for the care of chronically ill children and adolescents for the American College of Physician Executives. Started for adolescents in 1985 and expanded to serve elementary students in 1991, First State School was the brainchild of Janet Kramer, M.D., F.S.A.M., a medical internist and director of Christiana Care’s Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine Services until her retirement in 1999. Dr. Kramer’s vision was to help chronically ill children get the medical treatment they needed without missing out on the important parts of childhood—the chance to learn and grow with others.