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.

Hospice Care

Hospice Care

The news that a loved one may be facing a terminal illness can be frightening, concerning, and bring a sense of uncertainty at a difficult time for your family.

At ChristianaCare-AccentCare, our compassionate teams can help to ease the stress, worry, and fear for each patient, their caregivers, and family members during the end stages of an illness. Our specially trained, multidisciplinary staff can provide a range of services, caring for your loved one at home, in a hospital, or nursing home.

Getting started on hospice care

Hospice services are generally offered for those individuals whom two physicians will certify have less than six months to live if their disease follows its normal course. In most cases, hospice is a set of services that come to the patient in their home, wherever they consider that to be.

If your loved one is getting treatment at a ChristianaCare facility or hospital and you are eligible and ready for the support hospice can provide, our teams will coordinate to ensure a seamless transition that keeps you informed and supported.

We can discuss care options including receiving hospice care at home or in a hospital setting. There are currently specialized hospice units at both ChristianaCare’s Newark campus and ChristianaCare’s Wilmington campus.

Support with daily personal needs

Our services are focused on supporting the patient and their family during this emotional time. In addition to relieving pain, discomfort, and other symptoms, our team can help with bathing, hair care, shaving, skin care, linen changes, and other personal needs that may overwhelm family or personal caregivers.

Spiritual and emotional support

Receiving religious counsel
Our chaplains honor all faiths and religious traditions to provide you and your loved ones with spiritual support.

End-of-life emotional support for patients
Patients are emotionally supported in reflecting on their lives and coping with feelings of loss in a variety of ways:

  • Legacy Projects – Working with our caregivers, patients can cope with feelings of loss and create tangible memories to share with families and friends.
  • Music Therapy –Live music can bring back happy memories and provide comfort to patients. These services are provided by our board-certified music therapists. Learn More about Music Therapy.
  • Namaste Care – This involves meaningful, hand-on activities that help patients to relax and experience peace and serenity. It is designed to make patients feel valued and seen. Learn More about Namaste Care.

A comforting presence during grieving

After the death of a patient, our team will continue to be a healing presence by providing grief support and counseling to your family for at least 13 months.

How does my family qualify for hospice care?

Under Medicare guidelines, you are eligible for hospice care if two doctors agree that you have a life expectancy of six months or less, and you are no longer seeking a cure to your illness.
Medicare, Medicaid, and many private insurance plans may pay for hospice.

Whether you need hospice care at home or in our hospital, we are happy to answer any questions. Please call 866-443-9856 to learn more or to coordinate an admission.

Locations of our Specialized Hospice Units

Newark Campus
4755 Ogletown Stanton Road
Newark, Delaware 19718

Wilmington Campus
501 W. 14th Street, 3 North
Wilmington, DE 19801

Helpful Links

Hospice Foundation of America