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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After Delivery

After delivery, you will experience family-centered care that puts your baby at your bedside, 24 hours a day. Your partner or designated support person can stay with you and your baby for as long as you are in the hospital. Visiting hours are flexible, too. Review our visitor guidelines to find out more.

Babys Appearance

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Your baby’s appearance will change every day during the early weeks of life, some of which may cause new moms unnecessary worry. As part of our after-birth care, we are here to help and advise you on any changes your baby experiences to give you peace of mind and assistance where necessary.

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Things you may see in newborns

Milia: Tiny white bumps on the nose, cheeks, and chin. They will go away in two to three Blue hands and feet: The blood going to the hands and feet is slower at birth. This will go away in a few days.

Eye color: Some babies have bluish gray eyes at birth which may change up to one year after birth. Infants with brown eyes usually stay brown.

Fontanels (soft spots): Babies have two areas on their head called soft spots. These make it possible for a baby to fit through the birth canal. One is on the top near the front, and the other is on the lower back of the head. These spots slowly close until they close completely by 18 months old. You may notice when your baby cries the spots move up and down. This is normal.

Umbilical cord: The umbilical cord stump should be dry and not have any smell. On average, the umbilical cord stump falls off within two weeks.

Stork bites/Angel kisses: Patches of dark pink areas may be found on the bridge of the nose, forehead, upper eyelids, back of the head or the neck. These will go away in a few months.

Mongolian spots: Large flat areas with dark green or blue color may be found on the back or the buttocks. (They are common in dark skinned babies). They usually go away by the time the child is six years old.