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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Preconception

Preconception health is an early opportunity for you improve your health and ensure you are in the best possible medical position to have a baby. This can be useful if you have previously had trouble conceiving or you are worried that you may pass on a genetic condition. Whatever your reasons, we are here to help you make informed choices and start your new chapter in the best possible way.

Preconception Health

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Some of the most important things you can do to help have a healthy baby should happen before you get pregnant. Because half of all pregnancies in the United States are unplanned, the best time to take control of your health is right now. This is preconception health—in other words, making healthy choices now, even if you don’t plan to get pregnant. Take care of yourself, make healthy choices, and make a difference for yourself and your family.

Advice for a healthy conception

  • Have a pregnancy plan.
  • Exercise daily.
  • Learn to manage the stress in your life.
  • Don’t ignore conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure or infections. Get help from your doctor.
  • Ask your doctor about the safety of all medications, vitamins and herbs you are taking if you were to become pregnant. Even over-the-counter medications can be harmful to an unborn baby.
  • Avoid smoking, alcohol and illegal drugs.
  • Find your ideal weight, and try to maintain it.
  • Take a multivitamin with folic acid every day.
  • Make sure your immunizations are up-to-date.

This program is supported, in part, by funding from the Delaware Division of Public Health. Further support comes from Children and Families First, and the Delaware March of Dimes.

Healthy Beginnings Preconception Health Program

ChristianaCare’s Healthy Beginnings program began as an effort to reduce Delaware’s infant-mortality rate.

The program brings together several important focus areas in every woman’s health care:

  • Preconception care identifies and addresses risks to future pregnancy, even if you aren’t planning to get pregnant.
  • Pregnancy planning guides you through the critical first steps that can set the stage for a healthy pregnancy.
  • Prenatal care ensures the well being of you and your baby from conception to childbirth.

Healthy Beginnings brings together the services of a team of doctors, nurse practitioners, nurse educators, social workers, resource mothers, dieticians and case managers in one convenient location. Ask your doctor for a risk assessment today and ask about Healthy Beginnings.

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