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.

Antibiotic Use

Common Cold

What is the common cold? When do antibiotics work?

The common cold is caused by a virus. And because it is caused by a virus, antibiotics won’t help you feel better, because antibiotics kill bacteria, not viruses. Using antibiotics when they are not needed could cause more harm, including side effects and antibiotic resistance.

The common cold is a viral infection of the nose and throat. It can quickly spread from one person to another. On average, adults get from two to three colds each year. A cold is the most frequent reason why children miss school.

More than 200 types of viruses cause colds, but the most common is the rhinovirus. These viruses are spread by skin-to-skin contact, kissing, sharing drinks, and touching contaminated surfaces. The virus also spreads when an infected person sneezes or coughs, putting the virus in the air.

Prevention practices can help you to avoid catching a cold. But if you do get ill, antibiotics aren’t a cure, even if you’re concerned about developing a second infection.

That’s because antibiotics kill bacteria, not viruses. Taking them when you don’t need them contributes to a serious problem: antibiotic resistance.

What are the symptoms of the common cold?

A cold usually starts with clear, runny mucus in the nose. It’s your body’s way of washing away germs from the nose and sinuses.

Over the next few days, the mucus might turn yellow or green. This is normal. It does not mean you have an infection that requires an antibiotic.

Other symptoms include:

  • Sneezing
  • Stuffy nose
  • Sore throat
  • Cough
  • Post-nasal drip, which happens when mucus runs down your throat
  • Watery eyes
  • Mild headache
  • Mild body aches

Symptoms generally peak in up to three days and can last up to two weeks.

What are the risk factors?

You’ve probably noticed that colds are more frequent in colder months. People spend more time indoors in confined spaces, such as home, school and the office. There’s a higher risk for exposure.

Another risk factor is age. Infants and young children are at a higher risk.

If you have a weakened immune system due to a medical condition or a drug, you’re also at a higher risk.

When do you see a healthcare provider?

Seek medical care if symptoms last more than 10 days and do not improve, or if you have severe or unusual symptoms.

If a child younger than 3 months old develops a fever, call your healthcare professional immediately.

What can you do to feel better?

Colds usually get better on their own. Your healthcare provider or pharmacist can recommend over-the-counter medications for your symptoms. Use the medicine as directed and follow the age guidelines. Children under a certain age should not take many of the available over-the-counter products.

Remember, antibiotics — which kill bacteria — will not cure the common cold, which is caused by viruses. Antibiotics could lead to unpleasant side effects, unnecessary costs and a potentially life-threatening illness with severe diarrhea known as Clostridium difficile infection.

How do you prevent the common cold?

  • Wash your hands often. Either soap and water or alcohol-based hand gels are effective.
  • Avoid close contact with those who have upper respiratory infections.
  • Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing, so you don’t infect others.
  • Wipe down common touched surfaces (phones, door handles, etc.)
  • Avoid touching your nose, mouth, and eyes if you haven’t recently cleaned your hands.

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