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: 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: Click here for what to expect at ChristianaCare during COVID-19

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Value Improvement Team Opportunities and Goals

3D Pulmonary Stepdown

  • Patient Centered Rounds
  • Infection Prevention
  • Reduce Restraint Usage
  • Reduce Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTI) and Unit Acquired Pressure Ulcers (UAPU)

6B Hematology/Oncology

  • Methotrexate Toxicity
  • Fall Prevention
  • Infection Prevention
  • Goals of Care
  • Sepsis Trigger Pilot

3E MICU

  • Standardization of Interprofessional rounds
  • Hand Hygiene
  • Central Line Associated Bloodstream Infection (CLABSI) Reduction

6E Medical

  • Fall Prevention
  • Hand Hygiene
  • Reduction in Proton Pump Inhibitor (PPI)

5A Medical

  • Video Surveillance
  • Noise Reduction
  • Cohorting Teaching with Patient Centered Rounds

4 North

  • 30 Day Readmission Reduction
  • Patient Experience Improvement
  • Patient Falls Reduction

5B Medical

  • Hand Hygiene
  • Hospital Acquired Infection (HAI ) Prevention
  • Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS)/Patient Experience

5W ACE Unit

  • Patient Centered Rounds
  • Cleaner Catches
  • Team Engagement
  • Maximizing Meal Time
  • Fall Reduction

5C Medical

  • Hand Hygiene
  • Falls
  • Patient Experience
  • Extended Care Facility Discharge Process
  • Physician Communication

6 South Stepdown

  • Alcohol Withdrawal Cohorting
  • Interdisciplinary Rounds
  • Improve Patient Safety, including the Christiana Early Warning System and ED- 6S Hand-Off Project

5D Medical

  • Hand Hygiene
  • Fall Reduction
  • Patient Centered Rounds Checklist

6S –WICU

  • Reduce Patient Harm, including the ABCDE(F) Bundle and C-Diff Surveillance and Prevention
  • Reduce ICU Length of Stay
  • Patient Experience/ No Pass Zone Initiative

6A ACE Unit

  • Fall Prevention
  • Infection Prevention
  • Readmission Rate