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Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children Adopts Temporary Visitation Restrictions

Move aims to protect young patients from the flu.

Monday, Nov 18, 2013

Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Wilmington

A temporary restriction on inpatient visitation is being implemented at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children (N/AIDHC) as a pre-emptive strike against the spread of influenza, upper respiratory and gastrointestinal illnesses during this flu season.

Beginning Friday, November 15, no inpatient visitors under the age of 10 will be permitted. We encourage families and other partners-in-care to make appropriate arrangements before visiting the hospital. These restrictions do not apply to the hospital emergency department or other outpatient areas. Hospital leadership will continue monitoring influenza in our area and make additional recommendations as necessary to protect our patients from the flu.

Key Facts
  • This restriction is being put into place out of an abundance of caution. Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children is not currently seeing high rates of influenza and other respiratory illnesses among our patient population.
  • A variety of additional infection control measures are in place at the hospital and outpatient practices, including:
    • screening all visitors to the neonatal intensive care unit for flu symptoms
    • masking patients who exhibit signs or symptoms of respiratory illnesses
    • installing cough stations that include hand sanitizer, masks and other methods to prevent the spread of germs
  • Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children is committed to providing the safest and highest quality care to our patients, and has been recognized by The Leapfrog Group as being one of the safest children’s hospitals in the country.

"Nemours takes patient safety very seriously. Working with our families and other partners-in-care we can prevent the spread of influenza and give our patients the best chance of healing."

Brent King, MD, Vice President, Nemours

About Nemours

Nemours is an internationally recognized children's health system that owns and operates the two free-standing children’s hospitals: the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del., and Nemours Children's Hospital in Orlando, Fla., along with outpatient facilities in five states, delivering pediatric primary, specialty and urgent care. Nemours also powers the world’s most-visited website for information on the health of children and teens,, and offers on-demand, online video patient visits through Nemours CareConnect. Nemours is a program dedicated to preventing reading failure in young children, grounded in Nemours’ understanding that child health and learning are inextricably linked, and that reading level is a strong predictor of adult health.

Established as The Nemours Foundation through the legacy and philanthropy of Alfred I. duPont, Nemours provides pediatric clinical care, research, education, advocacy and prevention programs to families in the communities it serves.