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: 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: Click here for what to expect at ChristianaCare during COVID-19

Health & Wellness

Respite Programs and Adult Day Care for Alzheimer's

As a caregiver, you know that caring for someone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week is exhausting. Respite-care services provide you with needed breaks from your caregiving duties. These services can be provided in the home or in an institutional setting such as a nursing home. The respite can range from a few hours a day to an entire week or more for vacationing.

Beyond providing you with respite, adult day programs can help your loved one by providing a variety of services and meaningful activities. Typically, adult day programs are held during weekdays and include snacks and a lunchtime meal. Programs also include enjoyable activities, such as arts and crafts, baking, gardening, singing and watching movies. Some programs are specifically designed for those with Alzheimer’s disease, while others may be just for older adults. Before selecting a program, you should make sure that it is one that will meet your loved one’s needs.

ChristianaCare VNA provides respite and adult day care. Additional providers are listed in the Guide to Services for Older Delawareans and Persons with Disabilities, available from the Division of Services for Aging and Adults with Physical Disabilities, and through the Delaware Lifespan Respite Care Network.

Home health care

ChristianaCare Visiting Nurse Association provides home health aides, skilled nursing, medical social work, and physical, occupational, and speech therapy, which includes treatment of cognitive communication and swallowing deficits. Services enable caregivers and persons with dementia to gain necessary understanding, skills, and support to maximize function, quality of life, and safety at home.

Additional home health care providers are are listed in the Guide to Services for Older Delawareans and Persons with Disabilities, available from the Division of Services for Aging and Adults with Physical Disabilities.