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.

ChristianaCare

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.

Health & Wellness

Your Needs as a Caregiver

As a caregiver, it’s very easy to forget about your own needs. But taking time to meet your personal needs is very important. By caring for yourself, you are caring for your loved one.

Seek support

Remember that you are not alone. Support is available, and getting that support is central to your health. There are two types of support that can provide help: informal and formal.

Informal support comes from your family, friends, neighbors and church, synagogue or faith community. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Let your friends and family know how they can help you.

Formal support is available from groups such as the Alzheimer’s Association, elder care centers, residential care centers, home health agencies, adult-day-care programs.

Other tips for caring for yourself

  • Get plenty of rest. Caregiving takes a lot of energy, so it’s important that you give your body time to re-energize.
  • Eat well-balanced meals.
  • Take time to exercise.
  • See your doctor for regular check-ups.
  • Reserve time for yourself away from your loved one.
  • Visit with friends.
  • Engage in enjoyable activities. Pursue a hobby.
  • Prioritize your caregiving by only doing what is most important.
  • Remember it is OK to not be perfect; no one is perfect.
  • Reward yourself. Caregiving is not easy, so take pride in it.
  • Join a support group.

Warning signs that you need help

If you experience any of the following, you should seek help from a professional:

  • Frequent use of alcohol or drugs.
  • Thinking about or becoming physically violent against your loved one.
  • Signs and symptoms of depression that last every day for more than 2 weeks:
    • Sadness, anxiety, or hopelessness.
    • Lack of interest or pleasure in usual activities.
    • Increase or decrease in appetite.
    • Insomnia or excessive sleepiness.
    • Low energy, fatigue, tiredness.
    • Feeling restless or irritable.
    • Frequent thoughts of suicide or death.