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.

Senior Health Services

Hospital Senior Care

Elderly patients undergoing care at Christiana Hospital or Wilmington Hospital benefit from ChristianaCare’s commitment to providing excellence in health care for seniors.

We Improve Senior Health: The WISH Program

The WISH Program is a collaborative effort among nurses, physicians, pharmacists, rehabilitative therapists, social workers, dietitians and other disciplines to improve the care that ChristianaCare delivers to senior patients in all settings. WISH is a way of thinking and caring for older patients; the WISH Senior Health Resource Team serves as a resource to the doctors, nurses and other health care providers in the hospital to ensure that everyone is working together to provide best-practice geriatric care.

WISH is derived from a national initiative called NICHE, developed by New York University, Division of Nursing and the Education Development Center for Health Care Practice funded by the John A. Hartford Foundation, Inc. of New York. For more information about ChristianaCare’s WISH Program, call 302-733-4999.

Acute Care for the Elderly: The ACE Unit

ChristianaCare’s ACE Unit improves clinical outcomes in older patients by preventing complications and preserving the patients’ functional ability. This includes preventing or minimizing the following during hospitalization:

  • Falls.
  • Skin breakdown.
  • Restraint use.
  • Delirium.
  • Cognitive decline.
  • Immobility.
  • Constipation.
  • Foley catheter use.

The interdisciplinary ACE team meets on a scheduled basis to conduct rounds and review each patient. The team works to integrate care planning and improve continuity of care and communication with patients and families.