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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Raising a child with disabilities comes with its own challenges, and depending on the nature of the disability can become exhausting for a parent who have to care for others, and themselves at the same time. There are also financial considerations and of course the emotional effects of having a disabled child.

We understand what it takes to be a caregiver and are here to provide any help or support that you and your child may need to continue living healthy, happy lives in the face of disability.

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Raising Children with Special Needs

Parenting a child with a disability requires knowledge, patience and self-love

The birth of any child will have an impact on a family no matter how well you’ve prepared for the baby’s arrival. Having a son or daughter with a disability compounds the traditional challenges of parenthood and can put tremendous stress on your family. It’s important to find the resources and support that you need.

What should I do when my child is diagnosed with a disability?

It helps to understand that you’re not alone. Finding other parents who’ve been in a similar situation will help you locate the best resources. They’ve already been in your shoes, and they can discuss the services that they’ve found valuable, whether you’re looking for health care professionals, schools or specialty equipment.

You may meet these caregivers in-person at a support group sponsored by an association or health care system. Or you may talk to them online in a closed Facebook support group dedicated to a specific diagnosis. Online resources are particularly useful if you don’t have the time or the ability to travel to the meeting site.

Expect to go through a period of grief and fear until you adjust. Counseling can help you and other family members work through the process. If the child is older, you may need the counselor’s advice when it comes to talking about the disability or illness with him or her. You’ll want to use language that’s appropriate for the age.

Don’t be afraid to ask a professional or a health care provider for help.

How do I respond when friends talk about their “normal” kids?

There is no true “normal.” Every child is unique. Special needs children may not walk like their playmates, for instance, but their gait is right for them.

When it comes to activities and sports with others, let your child’s interest be your guide. Participation may require specialized or adaptive equipment, considerations or creativity, but it’s often possible in some way.

How can I reduce the stress?

Any new parent experiences stress when caring for an infant. For parents of children with special needs, the demands may continue long after infancy and into adulthood. It is a marathon and not a sprint. To be sure, caregivers spend from 20 to 40 hours a week caring for a loved one, according to a report by the National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP. As a result, one parent may need to stay home with the child, which can create financial stress as well as anxiety.

To combat the strain, make sure you have a supportive social network. Encourage friends and family to bring over a meal you can share over some light conversation. If someone else can care for the child, take the time to get out of the house and do something you enjoy. Get a massage or take a walk.

If you’re in a relationship, make sure you and your partner or spouse spend some quality time together. Taking care of yourself is essential so that you can take care of your family.

For more information about raising children with disabilities:

Children’s Community Alternative Disability Program

Delaware Office of Children with Special Health Care Needs

Delaware Family Voice

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