Florence, South Carolina 2022-05-17 19:19:16 –
CONWAY SC (WBTW) — The common dyes used by doctors for CT scans and the treatment of heart attacks and strokes are currently in short supply.
It is called iodinated contrast.
The South Carolina Department of Health and Environment and the South Carolina Hospital Association recommend limiting the amount that physicians use.
According to the State Hospital Association, there are two major suppliers of this contrast agent. One is the supply issue.
The iodinated contrast agent is injected into the patient so doctors can better see the patient’s anatomy and organs.
Dr. Christine Kerr, senior physician advisor to the South Carolina Hospital Association, said: “There seems to be scratches, bumps and blockages on the inside of the ship.”
DHEC said the shortage was caused by a temporary blockade of facilities in China by COVID-19. The factory produces a significant amount of contrast media used around the world.
The factory is reopening, but DHEC believes the shortage will continue for another 6-8 weeks.
“One of our suppliers has a significant backlog, which is GE Healthcare,” says Carr. “Therefore, the hospitals that procured contrast from GE are the affected hospitals as a priority vendor.”
DHEC recommends ways hospitals can save money, such as avoiding waste, using other imaging techniques, prioritizing which cases should receive contrast, and delaying the examination of people who can wait safely. increase.
“For patients who really need surgery, there are alternative diagnostic imaging methods. You know ultrasound, MRI, and uncontrast CT scans,” Carr said.
While watching the impact of the shortage, the leader of the Conway Medical Center said their team worked hard to secure products from other vendors so that patients could still be scanned.
DHEC said it will continue to monitor the impact of COVID-19 on the global supply chain while ensuring that all people in South Carolina receive the safest and most timely care possible.
A common dye used by doctors for CT scans is in short supply right now and it’s impacting a Myrtle Beach area hospital Source link A common dye used by doctors for CT scans is in short supply right now and it’s impacting a Myrtle Beach area hospital