Some elective procedures postponed due to supply shortage

Some elective procedures postponed due to supply shortage

Queensland Health has announced it will be rescheduling some elective elective procedures due to a critical global shortage of contrast solutions required for a range of medical imaging.

“Iodine solutions are used in computerized tomography (CT) scans and other imaging such as angiography, which support the diagnosis and ongoing treatment for a range of conditions, including narrowed or blocked arteries,” said Queensland Health in a statement.

“The disruption is due to supply chain issues related to COVID-19 lockdowns in Shanghai, where the supplier’s production facility is located.

Executive director of patient safety and quality improvement services Kirstine Sketcher-Baker said the supply of Omnipaque (iohexol) and Visipaque (iodixanol) products aren’t expected to be resolved until late June.

“However, it may take longer than that given the volatility of the COVID-19 lockdowns in Shanghai,” she said.

“With the federal government, we are also exploring other procurement options and strategies to maintain inventory and research other alternatives until this issue is resolved.”

Sketcher-Baker said the Department of Health is working with its hospitals to determine the impact of the shortage on clinical services.

“At this time, we will have to reschedule some elective elective procedures that require medical imaging until we can replenish supplies,” she said.

“This is unfortunate but unavoidable, as this product is essential for many procedures.

“We hope to quickly resolve this issue with the supplier.”

Affected patients will be contacted by their treating hospitals to reschedule their procedures.

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