Shortage of Contrast for Imaging Services

Because of a global shortage of iodinated contrast material (Omnipaque) caused by temporary overseas manufacturing disruptions, ChristianaCare is taking steps to preserve supply so that it remains available for the most time-sensitive and urgent patient needs. (Learn more in our frequently asked questions.)

Omnipaque contrast is the most widely used contrast material for CT scans and radiographic examinations at ChristianaCare facilities. It is also used for cardiac imaging and interventions, and in the GI lab, Surgicenter and other settings.

The shortage is expected to last several weeks, and likely into the summer months.

Hospitals and health care organizations worldwide are managing the effects of the shortage and the impact to patient care.

ChristianaCare is making every effort to meet the needs of patients who need this product in their procedures. We are working individually with physicians to prioritize those patients with the most urgent needs.

Wherever possible, we are using alternative contrast material and limiting its use to ensure adequate supplies for time sensitive and emergent exams. It is possible that some elective procedures that use this product will need to be delayed.

ChristianaCare will continue to look for options to minimize disruptions created by the shortage, as we serve our community as expert, caring partners in health.

Learn more in our frequently asked questions (FAQs).

COVID-19: New Visitation Guidelines. Click here for what to expect at ChristianaCare during COVID-19.

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Shortage of Contrast for Imaging Services

Because of a global shortage of iodinated contrast material (Omnipaque) caused by temporary overseas manufacturing disruptions, ChristianaCare is taking steps to preserve supply so that it remains available for the most time-sensitive and urgent patient needs. (Learn more in our frequently asked questions.)

Omnipaque contrast is the most widely used contrast material for CT scans and radiographic examinations at ChristianaCare facilities. It is also used for cardiac imaging and interventions, and in the GI lab, Surgicenter and other settings.

The shortage is expected to last several weeks, and likely into the summer months.

Hospitals and health care organizations worldwide are managing the effects of the shortage and the impact to patient care.

ChristianaCare is making every effort to meet the needs of patients who need this product in their procedures. We are working individually with physicians to prioritize those patients with the most urgent needs.

Wherever possible, we are using alternative contrast material and limiting its use to ensure adequate supplies for time sensitive and emergent exams. It is possible that some elective procedures that use this product will need to be delayed.

ChristianaCare will continue to look for options to minimize disruptions created by the shortage, as we serve our community as expert, caring partners in health.

Learn more in our frequently asked questions (FAQs).

COVID-19: New Visitation Guidelines. Click here for what to expect at ChristianaCare during COVID-19.

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Community Resources for Alzheimer's Caregivers

  • The Alzheimer’s Association provides information and support to people affected by Alzheimer’s disease. Services include information on caregiver support groups, family caregiver training, newsletters, and a safe-return program. They also staff a 24-hour helpline: 800-272-3900. The Delaware Valley Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association serves the state of Delaware with a regional office in Wilmington and a branch office in Georgetown.
  • The Division of Services for Aging and Adults with Physical Disabilities can assist with questions regarding services for older Delawareans.
  • CARE Delaware is a service of the Division of Services for Aging and Adults with Physical Disabilities that provides assistance for caregivers. Trained employees can help you by assessing your needs and helping you design a plan of care. They can also provide information on respite care, support groups, caregiver training, and other community resources.
  • Meals on Wheels Delaware provides home-delivered meals.
  • Project Lifesaver is a program offered by the New Castle County Police that helps provide a rapid response to save lives and reduce potential harm for anyone with a wandering disorder. A preprogrammed personal radio transmitter is placed on the individual and activated. If an individual is missing, the caregiver calls 9-1-1, the tracking system is initiated by police and responding emergency personnel. Teams using this program have averaged a rescue time of 30 minutes or less.

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