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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.

Kidney Transplant Program

Frequently Asked Questions About Kidney Donation

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Who pays for the kidney donation?
What type of surgery is used to remove the donor’s kidney?
How long do I need to recover from donation surgery?
What is the evaluation?
What can I do before being evaluated for living donation?
What are the risks of donating a kidney?
What will life be like after kidney donation?

Who pays for the kidney donation?

Costs for the evaluation, the kidney transplant procedure and hospitalization are paid by the recipient’s Medicare or personal insurance. However, medical issues that might develop from the donation may not be covered by the recipient’s insurance.

What type of surgery is used to remove the donor’s kidney?

ChristianaCare uses two surgical techniques: Hand-Assisted Laparoscopic Nephrectomy and Open Nephrectomy. With a Hand-Assisted Laparoscopic Nephrectomy, a short incision is made in the abdomen to remove the kidney. Two to four other very small incisions are made to accommodate a telescopic camera and other instruments. For an Open Nephrectomy a single incision is required and the kidney is then removed.

How long do I need to recover from donation surgery?

Most donors leave the hospital three to four days after surgery. However recovery time varies depending on each individual case. You may be able to get a better estimate at the time of evaluation

What is the evaluation?

Evaluation includes a complete medical history review, physical examination, blood and urine samples and other tests necessary to determine whether it is safe for the donor to proceed. All the information obtained is confidential. During the course of the evaluation, the living donor will meet with the donor team. The donor team includes a surgeon, nephrologist, living donor coordinator, social worker, dietician, and financial coordinator. In order to protect the living donor’s best interests, an Independent Living Donor Advocate (ILDA) – who is not on the ChristianaCare kidney transplant team – will be provided to each donor.

What can I do before being evaluated for living donation?

To make sure you are ready for your living donation evaluation, here are a list of items that you should complete before your evaluation appointment.

What are the risks of donating a kidney?

The major risk is the same risk associated with any type of surgery: complications or death from anesthesia. There is no risk associated with living with just one kidney. People who have diabetes or hypertension, however, may not be good candidates to donate a kidney, because they have a higher risk of facing kidney disease themselves.

What will life be like after kidney donation?

It is important that persons who donate a kidney maintain healthy lifestyles and have yearly physicals to monitor their health. For both donor and recipient, living kidney donation is most often a very positive experience.