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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Center for Heart & Vascular Health

Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD), advanced technology for heart failure patients

Technological innovation is changing treatment for heart failure, and Christiana Care has brought it closer to home.

There are only about 2,000 heart transplants a year in the United States. For those with heart failure who can’t get a transplant, there are few long-term options. One of those options is called LVAD, which stands for left-ventricular assist device.

Christiana Care is the only health system in Delaware to offer LVAD, the most advanced treatment short of transplant for people with heart failure.

People with advanced heart failure have often reached their maximum doses of medications and may have undergone coronary bypass or valve operations. For patients, the LVAD can represent a bridge to heart transplantation, a bridge to recovery or a destination therapy if transplantation is not an option.

The battery-powered LVAD device is implanted during open heart surgery and replaces the pumping action of the heart. The latest LVAD is smaller, more durable and improves quality of life for patients in multiple ways.

At least one family member must learn how to take care of the device and the patient, and must join the patient for weekly hospital visits after the surgery.

LVAD benefits include:

  • Enables patients to participate in cardiac rehabilitation.
  • Allows patients to lead more active lives.
  • Serves as a bridge to transplant.
  • Improves blood flow and activity level for patients who are not eligible for transplant.

Christiana Care’s Left Ventricular Assist Device Program (LVAD) was launched in 2011. LVAD is part of a comprehensive Heart Failure Program at the Center for Heart & Vascular Health that allows patients to receive tests, medications, stress management, nutrition counseling and other high-quality care without having to leave the state.

The LVAD team is available to answer your questions. For more information contact the LVAD coordinator at 855-VAD-CCHS (855-823-2247). (Current LVAD patients should press option 1, to make an appointment with a heart failure physician press option 2, if you would like more information on the LVAD program, press option 3.)

Christiana Care Center for Heart & Vascular Health
Christiana Hospital
4755 Ogletown-Stanton Road, Newark, DE 19718 directions
302-733-1000