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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.

Center for Heart & Vascular Health

Minimally Invasive Repair of Heart Defects

If your doctor has told you that you have a hole in your heart and you need to get it repaired, the structural heart team at ChristianaCare offers you less invasive treatment options.

What is Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO)?


The foramen ovale is a small opening between the left and right chambers of the heart. Everyone is born with this opening; its purpose is to allow blood flow into the heart of a developing fetus. Typically, this hole closes a few months after birth, but for about 25 percent of the population, it remains open; this is called a patent foramen ovale (PFO). While some people with PFOs live healthy lives, others are at a greater risk for serious health problems, such as heart attack and stroke.

What is a Septal Defect?

A septal defect is a hole located in an inner wall of your heart, called the septum, which separates the left and right side of the heart.

An atrial septal defect (ASD) is a hole within the muscular wall that separates the heart’s two upper chambers. Normally, the right side of your heart will pump low-oxygenated blood to the lungs; the left side of the heart then pumps the oxygen-rich blood out to the body. When an ASD is present, the blood from both sides can mix and as a result, some oxygen-rich blood is pumped to the lungs instead of out to the body. Some people with ASDs are at a greater risk for serious health problems, such as stroke, pulmonary hypertension, abnormal heart rhythms and heart failure.

A ventricular septal defect (VSD) is a hole within the muscular wall that separates the heart’s two lower chambers, called ventricles. Many VSDs will close within the first year of life and do not require treatment. If a VSD remains open into adulthood, it carries a higher risk of heart valve problems, heart failure or abnormal heart rhythms.

Minimally Invasive Closure of Holes in the Heart

Our structural heart interventional cardiologists may offer you the option of a minimally invasive repair for the hole in your heart. The procedure is done percutaneously (through the skin) by inserting a catheter through the leg and guiding it up to the heart. They then implant a special disk to close the hole. When the device is released from the catheter, it seals the hole. After you go home, your heart team will continue to monitor you to make sure your recovery goes well.

ChristianaCare Structural Heart Program
Christiana Hospital
4755 Ogletown-Stanton Road, Newark, DE 19718 directions
302-733-1507
structuralheartcoordinators@christianacare.org