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.

Physician Resources

Committees

Below you will find a list of Medical-Dental Staff Committees of ChristianaCare that carry out functions delegated to the Medical-Dental Staff by the Board.

Bylaws Committee

Purpose

To regularly review and update the Bylaws, Rules and Regulations, and other policies of the Medical-Dental Staff; and recommend changes to the Medical Executive Committee.

Chair

William Egan, M.D.

Schedule

2nd Tuesday of the month at Noon.

Staff Credentials Committee

Purpose

Reviews the credentials of all applicants for appointment and reappointment to Medical-Dental Staff. This committee also reviews all applicants seeking to practice as credential health care providers (e.g., advanced practice nurses, physician assistants, and optometrists).

Chair

Matthew Rubino, M.D.

Schedule

3rd Wednesday of the month at Noon.

Graduate Medical Education Committee

Purpose

This committee has the overall responsibility of planning, coordinating, approving and evaluating the educational programs of the various departments, including undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate.

Chair

Lisa Maxwell, M.D. and Vaughn Wright, EdD, co-chair

Schedule

4th Wednesday of the month at Noon.

Nominating Committee

Purpose

This committee identifies qualified candidates from the Medical-Dental Staff for positions of President Elect, Secretary-Treasurer, and for At-Large positions of the Medical Executive Committee.

Chair

Immediate Past President of the Staff

Schedule

Ad hoc basis.

Medical-Dental Staff Peer Review Committee

Purpose

This committee oversees the three performance areas of the Peer Review Process: Administrative, Clinical and Behavioral.

Chair

President, Medical-Dental Staff

Schedule

2nd Friday of the month at 7:00 a.m.

Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee

Purpose

Oversee the safe use of medication throughout the institution.

Chair

Gerard Fulda, M.D.

Schedule

3rd Monday of the month at Noon.

Additional Committees designated by Medical Executive Committee or President’s Cabinet

Infection Prevention Committee

Purpose

The Infection Prevention Committee oversees the surveillance, prevention, and control of infections, both in direct patient care and in patient care support, carried out by Christiana Health Care Services.

Chair

Marci L. Drees, M.D.

Schedule

3rd Monday of the month from Noon to 1:30 p.m.

Radiation Safety Committee

Purpose

Monitors the radiation safety program and the safe use of machine-produced radiation as well.

Chair

Hung Dam, M.D.

Schedule

1st Thursday per quarter at Noon, unless otherwise noted.

Critical Care

Purpose

Oversees the quality of services within critical care and special care units.

Chair

Vinay Maheshwari, M.D.

Schedule

1st Tuesday of every other month at Noon.

Medical Emergency Response Committee (MERC)

Purpose

Oversees the inpatient program for response to medical emergencies.

Chair

Michael Benninghoff, D.O.

Schedule

1st Wednesday of the month.

Nutrition Support Team

Purpose

Oversees the provision of appropriate enteral and parenteral nutrition care, including nutrition therapy throughout the organization.

Chair

Luis Cardenas, D.O.

Schedule

Weekly patient care rounds and additional ad hoc meetings as needed.

Ethics

Purpose

This committee provides the framework to address ethical issues that arise throughout the organization.

Chairs

Marvin Lee, PhD, John Goodill, M.D.

Schedule

2nd Friday of the month at 7:30 a.m.