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.

Education

Allied Health and Undergraduate Education

Hello, and welcome to the ChristianaCare Allied Health and Undergraduate Education website.

ChristianaCare has clinical agreements with numerous colleges and universities throughout the country allowing students to participate in clinical experiences.

If you are interested in participating in a clinical experience in one of ChristianaCare’s departments confirm with your fieldwork coordinator/clinical instructor that an agreement is in place.

If yes, next you should contact the ChristianaCare department in which you would like to pursue this clinical experience. If the department can accommodate your request and is able to help you pursue your educational goals you should proceed by completing the request for information (left side of page). Once submitted you will receive an e-mail with initial requirements. About one month prior to the start date of your clinical experience you will receive a second e-mail with more items and directions for completion. Allied Health students are expected to provide evidence of a completed criminal background check and drug screen to their school.

In order to guarantee all processing is complete and you are able to begin your rotation when requested, the paperwork must be returned at least 2 weeks prior to the requested start date.

Questions should be directed to Anne Smith at 320-4590.

Once student has secured a CCHS sponsor the student must:

  • First Rotation – Allied Health Education Requirements: the student should request the required forms via our web site or send an e-mail to anne.smith@christianacare.org. Each student is responsible for completing and promptly returning the information forms to the Allied Health Education office as soon as possible, but no later than three weeks before the start of the rotation. Failure to return the forms as directed can result in cancellation of the rotation. Completed forms can be faxed to 302-762-3704.
  • Return Rotations – Students must contact the Allied Health Education office to update their information, verify the rotation dates and receive computer access information if needed.
  • Clinical Rotation Requirements – All student rotations must be approved by the responsible party at ChristianaCare. The sending school will be responsible for verifying the following information as required by the clinical affiliation agreement. This information must be verified, by completing a check list and returning it no later than 3 weeks prior to the start of the rotation:
    1. Documentation of good standing in their program and verification of appropriate liability coverage from their educational institution.
    2. Evidence of immunization for Tetanus, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Varicella if an unknown history of chicken pox, TB status, Hepatitis B and such other immunizations as ChristianaCare may deem necessary or advisable for its employees.
    3. Evidence that the following have been completed: Criminal Background Check which may include fingerprinting; Child Abuse Application and an Elder Abuse Registry Check.
    4. Evidence of completed drug screen.