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.

Nursing at ChristianaCare

ChristianaCare Nursing Honor Guard

Honoring those who have dedicated their lives to the profession of nursing.

ChristianaCare’s Nursing Honor Guard is privileged to participate in the visitation or funeral services of fellow nurses. At the start of the service, the Honor Guard performs a meaningful, 10-minute ceremony as a farewell to nurses who have dedicated their lives to caring for others in times of need.

Services of the Honor Guard are available by request for any ChristianaCare active, former or retired licensed practical nurse, registered nurse or advanced practice nurse.

Services are available in the State of Delaware; in Cecil County, Maryland; and in areas of New Jersey and Pennsylvania served by ChristianaCare.

Services are performed by one to three members of the Nursing Honor Guard.

Services are free of charge.

Symbols of Tradition

In keeping with the traditions of Nursing, the ChristianaCare Honor Guard will bring a white rose, a nurse’s cap, and a framed document of the Nightingale Pledge to set at the service. If desired, the Honor Guard can place a picture of the deceased in uniform at the service as well.

During the ceremony:

  • The Nightingale Tribute can be read.
  • A candle can be lit and held in a traditional ceramic lamp. At the end of the ceremony, the candle will be extinguished and the lamp will be given to a designated family member or friend.
  • A white rose can be offered to the beloved.
  • A Final Call to Duty can end the ceremony. The Honor Guard will say nurse’s name, ring the symbolic nurse’s bell and announce that the nurse is relieved of earthly duties.

To request a ChristianaCare Nursing Honor Guard, contact Barbara White at 302-320-7329 or barbara.j.white@christianacare.org.