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.

ChristianaCare

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.

Our Volunteers

Patient and Family Advisers

Patient and Family Advisers

At ChristianaCare, we serve our neighbors as respectful, caring, expert partners in their health. That partnership is built on open communication and includes our patients and their families at every level. It involves treating everyone with dignity and respect, and collaborating with the people we serve to ensure that we aren’t just providing care for our patients— we’re providing care with them. This is one of the keys to delivering the very best health care.

Who are Advisers?

Patient and family advisers at ChristianaCare are volunteers who have a special interest in helping to shape the ways in which we deliver care. As former patients or family members of patients, they share their perspective to help the doctors, nurses and staff at ChristianaCare create the best experience for all our patients.

Why should you become an Adviser?

As a patient and/or family member, you bring valuable expertise to the people who work at ChristianaCare. Your involvement can help us strive for the best possible care experience for all. By participating in the Patient and Family Advisory Council, you can promote the patient/family voice in decision-making across the hospital system as part of a dedicated group of advisers.

What do Advisers do?

  • Share their personal experiences to provide a patient’s-eye-view for councils, teams and committees at ChristianaCare.
  • Provide feedback and input on projects as part of a patient and family advisory council or as a member of a committee, team or work group focused on a specific task or project.
  • Serve as ambassadors to promote patient and family centered care throughout ChristianaCare.

Who can be an Adviser?

  • Someone who has received medical services at ChristianaCare within the last year.
  • Someone who wants to help shape the future by sharing personal experience.
  • Someone who would like to volunteer for two or more hours per month.

What Training is provided?

  • New Volunteer Training which includes an orientation to the hospital system, basic safety and hospital etiquette, diversity and inclusion, and privacy and confidentiality. This training takes between two and four hours.
  • Orientation to the Council which includes a review of mission, goals and responsibilities. This training takes about one hour.
  • Ongoing education is provided at meetings and as needed.

How do I become a Patient and Family Adviser?

The first step is to complete the online application.

We will contact you to let you know the status of your application, and set up an interview and training.

For additional questions please contact us via e-mail at volunteer@christianacare.org or by calling us at 302-733-1284 option 4 or 410-392-7019.