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.

Surgical Pain Management

Surgical Pain Management

The best way to control your pain after surgery is to start managing it before surgery.

Your comfort is important to us! ChristianaCare’s comprehensive pain management program is designed to help you manage your pain with less need for opioids or narcotics.

Before we take you to the operating room, we will give you a combination of non-opioid pain medicines, such as acetaminophen, celecoxib, gabapentin, ibuprofen and/or ketorolac to take with a sip of water. Taking these medicines before surgery helps:

  • Reduce swelling that can lead to pain after surgery.
  • Lower the amount of opioid medicines that you need to manage your pain as you get better.
  • Lower your change of developing ongoing pain that can last months, or even years, after surgery.

Your care team will partner with you to decide what medicines are best for you.

Why is it so important to reduce the amount of opioid pain medicine you need after surgery?

Treating pain with opioids, or narcotics, alone can make your recovery more difficult. Opioids can:

  • Make you feel sleepy and confused.
  • Lower your blood pressure.
  • Slow your breathing.
  • Cause nausea, constipation and trouble emptying your bladder.

You may need to stay in the hospital longer and these problems can slow down your recovery.

Our goal is to help you recover with:

  • Less pain.
  • Faster recovery time.
  • Fewer side effects.
  • Return to work and favorite activities sooner and stronger.

Remember these tips to manage pain at home after surgery

  1. You will receive instructions to take non-opioid medicine on a regular basis for several weeks. Please take these medicines, as directed, whether you have pain or not. Taking these medicines regularly can help stop your pain from getting worse.
  2. If your doctor prescribes gabapentin, take it in the evening. This medicine helps reduce pain and reduce the amount of opioids you will need to take. It may also decrease your chances of developing long-term pain that may last for months or years. Gabapentin may cause sleepiness, slurred speech and blurred vision. If any of these side effects bother you, you may stop taking this medicine.
  3. Use the stronger opioid medicine as you need it for pain that does not get better with other treatments.

It is important for you to understand and follow the program we have designed to manage your pain after surgery. Ask your surgeon:

  • How much pain should I expect?
  • What type of pain will I have?
  • How long will the pain last?

Contact your doctor with any questions about managing your pain.