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.

Dr. Margaret I. Handy Annual Memorial Lectureship

October 2020

Overview

The Dr. Margaret I. Handy Memorial Lectureship is designed to provide insights on cutting edge topics in neonatal/perinatal medicine and is held in honor of Dr. Margaret Handy, Delaware’s first pediatrician. This year’s conference will address the topic of health equity in the perinatal population.

Date/Time

Friday October 9, 2020 (8 a.m.–11:45 a.m.)
Location: Zoom Video-conference

Target Audience

This course is designed for neonatologists, primary care physicians, obstetricians, perinatologists, subspecialty pediatric physicians, pediatric, neonatal and obstetrical nurses, epidemiologists, and other health care providers for mother and infants.

Learner Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be better able to:

  1. Describe the impact of socioeconomic disparities on preterm birth
  2. Describe the impact of environment on maternal/child health
  3. Describe factors that influence health equity in the maternal/neonatal patient population

Registration


Please contact Lisa Allen with questions.

Agenda

8:00 a.m. Introductions and Opening Remarks

Shazia Bhat, M.D.
Program Chair, Dr. Margaret I. Handy Memorial Lectureship
Associate Director, Division of Neonatology
ChristianaCare, Newark, DE

8:15 a.m. Environmental toxicants and racial disparities in birth outcomes in Philadelphia; repercussions of residential segregation and racism

Heather Burris, M.D., MPH
Attending Neonatologist, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

9:15 a.m.-9:45 a.m. Break

9:45 a.m. Social Determinants of Preterm Birth

Jennifer Culhane, Ph.D., MPH
Associate Research Scientist
Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT

10:45 a.m. Adding Equity to the Equation of Maternal Health

Mona Liza Hamlin, MSN, RN, IBCLC
Nurse Manager, Perinatal Resources and Community Programs
Women & Children’s Service Line
ChristianaCare, Newark, DE

11:45 a.m. Conclusion

Speakers

Heather Burris, M.D., MPH

Dr. Burris is a neonatologist and perinatal researcher motivated by unequal birth outcomes across populations in the United States. She uses molecular epidemiologic approaches to study the intersection of social and environmental factors and how they contribute to birth outcome disparities. She directs a birth cohort based in Boston where she and her colleagues have recruited over 950 pregnant women to study psycho-social stress, resilience and epigenetic biomarkers in mothers and infants. Her team also mines large hospital-based and national population-based datasets to analyze other contributors to unequal perinatal care and outcomes.

Jennifer Culhane, Ph.D., MPH

Dr. Culhane is a perinatal epidemiologist whose research interests include the effects of stress and infection on pregnancy outcome, but also include social determinants of preterm birth.  She was co-principal investigator of the Montgomery County, PA site of the National Children’s Study and led an expansive state-funded preterm delivery prevention project in Philadelphia.  She is now at Yale Medical Center.

Mona Liza Hamlin, MSN, RN, IBCLC

Ms. Hamlin is a neonatal nurse and board-certified lactation consultant by training and has championed providing access to breastfeeding support for African American mothers in Wilmington, DE.  She is an expert on health equity with a focus on food justice through breastfeeding support and has provided health equity training nationally.

Accreditation

This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

CE Contact Hours

ChristianaCare is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by Delaware Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.