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.

Epilepsy Monitoring Unit

What to Expect During Your Stay

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The monitoring unit is a unique space designed for round-the-clock care and observation. You will stay in a private room with cable TV, a telephone and a call bell to alert our staff.

Your safety and well-being is our team’s top priority. Our care team is highly specialized and trained specifically in epilepsy care. Special safety equipment is also provided, including a harness that you will wear to prevent falls if you’re moving around the room during a seizure.

Our team will meet with you each day to discuss your care, and feel free to ask any questions at any time.

Keeping You Safe During Seizures

The provider may recommend altering your seizure medications and may suggest other ways of triggering seizures while you are in the monitoring unit.

Your safety and well-being is our top priority. During a seizure, the nursing staff will check on you and assess your condition. If you start having frequent or prolonged seizures, a nurse will administer emergency medications and notify a provider immediately.

Monitoring Equipment

You will be connected to computerized EEG (electroencephalography) monitoring equipment at all times, 24 hours a day. When you first enter the monitoring unit, you will have small EEG wires placed on your scalp and secured with glue. These wires transmit important data about the seizures and help our clinical team to pinpoint exactly where in the brain the seizures are occurring.

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Because the EEG wires are connected to recording equipment, you will be more restricted in your movement and should expect to spend most of your time sitting in bed or in a nearby chair. You are welcome to bring books, a laptop, a tablet, a mobile device or other items you may enjoy to pass the time.

Video cameras will continuously record you, so our clinical team can observe your body movements while seizures are happening. Although this lack of privacy might feel uncomfortable, these cameras are necessary to get an accurate diagnosis and to keep you from getting injured during a seizure.

Average Length of Stay

You can likely expect to stay for three to seven days, depending on how long it takes to record your seizures.

Visiting Hours

Family and friends are welcome to visit the monitoring unit from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. A reclining chair is available in your room if a family member or support person would like to stay overnight.

Download a our patient brochure for more details.