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

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

ChristianaCare Medical Aid Units

When to Use a Medical Aid Unit

To better meet your health care needs, ChristianaCare offers easy access to exceptional care from a medical professional every day at our Medical Aid Units in five locations in Delaware.

Adults and children can visit a ChristianaCare Medical Aid Unit to treat injuries or illnesses that are not extremely serious or life-threatening, but require care within a few hours or the same day. When you need medical attention quickly and your family doctor is not available, ChristianaCare Medical Aid Units provide exceptional care in a timely manner. Our health care providers will see you for:

Asthma attacks Sore throats and coughs
Broken bones Sports injuries
Eye and ear problems Sprains and strains
Flu-like symptoms STD concerns (Sexually Transmitted Disease)
Gastrointestinal (nausea, vomiting, diarrhea) Tuberculosis testing
Minor burns Urinary tract infection
Physical exams: sports or school Vaginal burning/itching
Rashes Viral Illnesses
Sinus infection Wounds and cuts
Skin infection

Facts about the value of our MAUs:

Number of visits: 75,000. Top visit reason are:

  • Acute pharyngitis, unspecified
  • Acute upper respiratory infection
  • Streptococcal pharyngitis
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Cough
  • Screening for respiratory tuberculosis
  • Acute sinusitis

MAU visits are quick – median wait time to see a doctor is 15 minutes (average 20 min), and median total time in the MAU is 49 minutes (average 50.5 min; 49% discharged within 45 minutes).

The Medical Aid Units are participating in statewide initiative through eBrightHealth to reduce the overuse and misuse of antibiotics. To date, the MAU’s have reduced unnecessary use by 49%.

ChristianaCare’s Medical Aid Units are fully accredited to provide urgent care by The Joint Commission.

No appointment is necessary. We participate in most health-insurance plans.

ChristianaCare Medical Aid Units are not a substitute for a hospital emergency department, which you should visit for treatment of severe accidents or life-threatening symptoms.
Dial 9-1-1 for all emergencies.