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.

Advanced
Practice
Clinicians
at ChristianaCare

Advanced practice clinicians (APCs) are comprised of Physician Assistants and Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs). APRNs are further delineated as either Nurse Practitioner (NP), Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS), Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM), or Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA). Together they are known as APCs.

APCs play an integral role in meeting the needs of diverse patient populations in our hospitals, emergency/urgent care centers, office-based settings, and now virtual care, APCs are educated, experienced, and skilled in managing acute and chronic illness, as well as providing preventive care. APCs can screen, diagnose, treat, and perform procedures as needed.

ChristianaCare recognizes the unique value that APCs have and invests in supporting APCs with educational opportunities, mentoring support, leadership training, and growth opportunities. APCs serve as preceptors to APC students and mentors to newly hired APCs across many medical specialties. There are several councils and committees that allow APCs to have a voice and get involved. These councils are a supportive venue that allow for information sharing, collaboration, discussion of hot topics, as well as serving as a networking forum. APCs are further empowered through the dedicated leadership of the Director of Advanced Practice Clinicians, Donna Mower-Wade, DNP, APRN, ACNS-BC, CNRN.

Over the past decade, our APC workforce has shown tremendous growth. As the demand for health care access increases, ChristianaCare anticipates continued growth of the APC community. To prepare for this growth, ChristianaCare is committed to intensive onboarding training as well as the availability of competitive APC Fellowships.