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.

Center for Heart & Vascular Health

Limb Preservation Clinic

Expert Care for Complex Limb and Foot Problems

Am I at Risk for Amputation?

If you have diabetes, vascular disease (a condition that affects blood vessels and circulation) or peripheral artery disease (PAD), you may be at risk for amputation if these conditions are not well controlled. If your doctor has told you that you have ischemia (very poor blood flow) or neuropathy (nerve damage to your feet or legs), your risk may be even higher. You also may be at risk due to other problems, such as pressure sores, accidents, leg swelling and infection.

Can I Reduce My Risk of Amputation?

You can reduce your risk of amputation by taking the following steps:

  1. Stay as healthy as possible and get regular check-ups. If you have diabetes or a vascular disease such as PAD, you should eat a proper diet, exercise regularly, and control your blood sugar, blood pressure and lipids. Learn about proper hygiene and foot care, and have regular check-ups by your doctor and foot exams by a foot specialist.
  2. Get wounds treated right away. If a wound develops, do not wait to seek treatment; see a podiatrist or a wound care center right away so specialists can help prevent complications and speed healing.
  3. If a wound doesn’t heal, seek help from the Limb Preservation Clinic. Wounds that fail to heal require immediate attention from our team of specialists, who will do everything they can to save your limb.

A Team Approach to Limb-Saving Treatment

The Christiana Care Limb Preservation Clinic brings together specialists from many clinical areas with the goal of treating and saving limbs. Working together, we offer a highly coordinated and personalized approach to care that may save limbs in patients who would otherwise face amputation and permanent disability. Our team includes vascular surgeons, podiatrists, endocrinologists, cardiologists, orthopaedic surgeons, infectious disease specialists, plastic surgeons, neurologists, and interventional radiologists.

Every Minute Counts

People with health problems, such as diabetes, vascular diseases and PAD, need to act fast if these conditions lead to serious problems of their lower legs and feet. It is important to get help right away if you notice any of the following:

  • Wounds or ulcers that won’t heal.
  • Gangrene (death of tissue).
  • Poor blood circulation.
  • Neuropathy (numbness caused by nerve damage).
  • Severe cramping in the legs after exercise.

Contact the Christiana Care Limb Preservation Clinic, where doctors will work with your primary care physician, podiatrist or other doctor to create a treatment plan that may save your limb. They also will teach you how to identify future problems with your feet and legs before they become medical emergencies.

How We Can Help

At the Limb Preservation Clinic, you get immediate access to a wide range of services needed to prevent amputation:

  • Special blood flow tests in one of the largest, state-of-the-art vascular laboratories in the Delaware Valley.
  • Advanced imaging, such as CT angiography, MRI, radionuclide scan.
  • Tests of nerve function, metabolism and infection.
  • Biomechanical and podiatric tests, including gait analysis.

Treatment Options

Once the cause of your problem has been diagnosed, your physician will discuss with you the treatment options available. Options may include:

  • Minimally invasive procedures to restore blood flow, such as balloon angioplasty, stents and laser.
  • Traditional surgery.
  • Drug therapy to improve blood flow.
  • Intensive antibiotic therapy to stop infections.
  • Wound care, including dressing, debridement (removal of dead tissue), incisions, compression, and oxygen therapy.
  • Foot-sparing partial amputations and reconstructive surgery.
  • Skin grafting following debridement.
  • Experimental therapies, such as stem cell and gene therapy, bone marrow stimulation, devices and chemotherapy.

We may use a combination of these treatments to save your limb or foot. Every patient is different, and we will review your medical history and conduct a physical exam and additional testing to determine the best course of treatment for you.

Ongoing Follow-up

Our doctors will remain involved in your followup testing, treatment and rehabilitation. We will work with your primary care physician, podiatrist and others involved in your care – including family members – to ensure healing and help you avoid problems with limb-threatening ischemia.

For more information or to schedule an appointment right away, please contact the Christiana Care Limb Preservation Clinic at 302-733-3038 or 855-473-8346, and choose option 2.

Contact Us

Center for Heart & Vascular Health
4755 Ogletown-Stanton Road, Suite 1E20
Newark, DE 19718

Hours
8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday

To schedule an appointment, call:
302-733-3038, option 2
855-473-8346, option 2

Most patients can be seen within 24 business hours and sometimes on the same day. You do not need a doctor’s referral.