The healthcare system is experiencing a nationwide shortage of radiology IV contrast that is used for some x-rays, MRIs and CT scans.
Regional Medical Center says this shortage is affecting every hospital throughout the nation, including their hospital in Manchester.
RMC says it’s an issue brought on by COVID-19. With a recurrence of more infections in China, a manufacturing facility producing IV contrast solution was shut down for a period of time as they tried to curb the spread. That facility is not yet back up to full production, resulting in supply chain issues.
So what does that mean for RMC patients? It means care involving this IV contract solution is being rationed. These special tests involving IV contrast are being prioritized for the most seriously ill patients and the hospital is postponing those more routine tests for those who can safely wait until the supply issues are resolved. RMC says it’s important to note that not all imaging done requires IV contrast.
Regional Medical Center thanks everyone for their understanding as the hospital continues to navigate through providing care amidst COVID-19.