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.

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Primary Care

Hypertension Management

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a serious condition you may have and not know it.

Almost half of US adults have hypertension, but only 1 out of 4 of those are controlling it. If you are part of the other 3 out of 4, you could be at risk for heart attack, stroke and more.

Part of the reason millions of Americans don’t have their high blood pressure under control is they don’t even know they have hypertension. They “feel fine.”

The problem is that you may feel fine and not be fine. Hypertension often has no outward signs. You might only find out you have the condition after you have had heart failure, kidney failure, etc.
But you can take control today by getting a blood pressure screening, and ChristianaCare can help.

For yourself and for the people you love, make an appointment with your primary care provider at ChristianaCare by calling (302) 777-0643 or making an appointment online. If you don’t have a provider, you can find one here.

Creating a plan

If you do have hypertension, you and your primary care provider can work together to lower your blood pressure then maintain that new level. The plan may include:

  • Medication, like a beta blocker or ACE inhibitor (with monitoring in between visits).
  • Diet and lifestyle changes
  • A referral to ChristianaCare’s: Weight management program and/or remote blood pressure monitoring.

Your provider can also connect you with a range of specialists, like a cardiologist, if needed, and help coordinate the overall care of your condition.

ChristianaCare has an organization-wide initiative focused on proven best treatment practices to support patients in lowering their blood pressure.

Call (302) 777-0643 to make an appointment with your primary care provider today. Or, if you are not connected with a provider yet, use ChristianaCare’s Find a Doctor tool to find a great physician for you.

Learning more about hypertension

High blood pressure, or hypertension, is just what it sounds like – blood pressure that is higher than the normal range. When your heart pumps blood, the blood puts pressure on the walls of your arteries. Too much pressure can be very bad for your health.

The normal range for blood pressure is less than 120/80 mmHg. The American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology use the term elevated to describe an upper number (systolic) between 120 and 129 with a lower number (diastolic) under 80. High blood pressure is 130 and above on the top and 80 and above on the bottom.

Having high blood pressure can contribute to a wide variety of serious health problems, including:

  • Heart disease (attack and failure).
  • Kidney disease.
  • Angina.
  • Stroke
  • Peripheral artery disease
  • Aneurysms (a bulge in the wall of an artery)
  • Vision loss
  • Sexual dysfunction