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.

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Our Story

At the Center for WorkLife Wellbeing, we are wholly focused on helping caregivers at ChristianaCare and throughout the nation flourish by fostering WorkLife meaning, connection and joy.

Humble Beginnings

Our journey began with the experience of one physician and her successful effort to reclaim her joy after an unforeseen adverse event. At the time, Heather Farley, M.D., led ChristianaCare’s stand-alone Emergency Department. On what began as a routine day, she cared for a patient, and, following the standard of care, discharged the patient from the ED. On the way home, the patient died.

Her spirit shattered, her confidence shaken, Dr. Farley contemplated giving up medicine. Working with an executive coach empowered her to get out of a dark place and thrive as a physician, leading ChristianaCare to establish the Center for Provider Wellbeing in 2016.

At first, the program focused on attending physicians, residents and other healthcare providers. In 2020, the mission expanded to the Center for WorkLife Wellbeing. This dynamic concept encompasses everyone who works on the team, from the nurse at the bedside to the housekeeper who changes the sheets, because we are all part of a team doing our best to serve patients.

The good news spread and the center began helping other organizations to build cultures where colleagues feel joy and connected to meaningful work.

Dr. Farley, ChristianaCare’s first Chief Wellness Officer, leads a team of experts dedicated to helping workers thrive. Dr. Vanessa Downing, the center’s director, is a psychologist and an expert in burnout, compassion fatigue and resilience. They speak nationally on the center’s groundbreaking initiatives.

Supporting a healthy workplace matters for everyone. When we care for ourselves we are better able to care for others, resulting in decreased medical errors and increased patient experience scores for healthcare organization and improved efficiencies for service organizations.

 

Care for the Caregiver, a network of more than 50 trained peer supporters, ensures that everyone who needs it has access to a sympathetic listener. OASIS (Opportunity to Achieve Staff Inspiration and Strength) rooms located throughout the health system provide a place where colleagues can decompress and refresh their spirits. Residents can share concerns and ice cream at stress-busting, joy-building educational events.

We listen intently to colleagues’ thoughts, insights and ideas. Our groundbreaking research helps us to identify caregivers’ concerns, as well as interventions that succeed in reducing burnout and enhancing joy so that we can develop robust, effective programs and contribute to best practices.

Within our team, we practice what we share. We start each meeting with a mindfulness exercise. A no-meeting policy on Fridays ensures everyone gets a break. We do huddles. We care for each other and support one another in sharing the load so everyone feels rested and balanced.

It’s a culture change that reflects ChristianaCare’s core values of Excellence and Love, our promise to deliver high-quality care every day with respect and compassion. To that end, we are partnering with organizations beyond our walls to spread our message of meaning, connection and joy in the workplace.

 

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