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.

Patient & Visitor Guide

Understanding the Intensive Care Unit

The Surgical Critical Care Complex, which is on the second floor of Christiana Hospital, is for patients who require frequent nursing care, close monitoring and the use of advanced technological equipment. It is staffed by trauma physicians and nurses who provide care 24 hours a day. It can be an extremely stressful and overwhelming experience while a loved one is in the Intensive Care Unit. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask one of our team of nurses, physicians, therapists, clergy, social workers and dietitians.

Who are all of these people?

There are many different people assisting in caring for your loved one. They include nurses, doctors, residents, respiratory therapists, pharmacists, patient-care technicians, dietitians, chaplains, social workers, speech therapists, occupational therapists and physical therapists.

Rounds—a structured series of visits by the members of the patient-care team—are done each morning on all patients. During rounds, doctors, nurses, the respiratory therapist, dietitian and pharmacist discuss the best plan of care for the patient.

What is this equipment?

When entering the Surgical Critical Care Complex, it can be overwhelming to see the variety of equipment, tubes and wires that are in a patient’s room. We use specialized equipment that monitors breathing, heart rate, blood pressure and oxygenation, a form of treatment with oxygen. It allows us to detect problems or changes quickly. These monitors are located in each room and at the nurse’s station.

You may also see some other equipment in the room that assists us in providing the best care for your loved one:

  • A ventilator may be used if a patient needs help with breathing, but this will prevent the patient from talking.
  • A small piece of equipment with a red light on either the patient’s ear or finger is a device that detects oxygenation.
  • If the patient is wearing a pair of white socks or boots on each leg, these are called pneumatic compression boots. They are used to help promote circulation in the legs while the patient is in bed. These boots also help to decrease the risk of blood clots in the legs.

It is possible that you may hear some alarms and beeps coming from the equipment while you are in the room. Our staff is monitoring these alarms at all times. If you have any questions about the equipment or the alarms, please do not hesitate to ask.