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.

Emergency Services

LifeNet Air-Medical Transport

ChristianaCare LifeNet, an affiliate of Air Methods’ LifeNet Medical Transport System, provides emergency air transport to critically ill or injured adult, pediatric, and neonatal patients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our flight team is nationally recognized and accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Services (CAMTS).

ChristianaCare LifeNet provides service to Delaware and its surrounding states via two bases. One helicopter is based at the Christiana Hospital in Newark, Delaware and our second helicopter is based at the Delaware Coastal Airport in Georgetown, Delaware. ChristianaCare also maintains helipads at its Wilmington Hospital and Middletown Free-standing Emergency Department.

Each aircraft is staffed with a pilot, flight nurse, and a flight paramedic. This highly trained critical care team provides patients the highest level of care during rapid air transport to definitive care. Our flight teams are equipped with and transport an array of critical-care equipment and technology, including:

  • Ventilator.
  • Intra-Aortic Balloon Pump.
  • Invasive Line Monitoring.
  • Temporary Pacemaker.
  • Ventricular Assist Devices (VADs).
  • Intracranial Ventriculostomy.
  • High Risk Pregnancy Transports.
  • Neonatal Transports.

During an emergency, the Flight Team is trained to begin and sustain life-saving procedures, such as:

  • Advanced airway interventions.
  • Cardioversion/defibrillation/pacing.
  • Needle chest decompression.
  • Cricothyroidotomy.
  • Rapid Sequence Intubation.
  • Transfusing Blood Product.
  • Expedient transfers for time-dependent cardiac or neurosurgical interventions.
  • Advanced pharmacological intervention with vasopressors, antiarrhythmics, paralytics, sedatives, and narcotics.

Safety

The top priority of ChristianaCare LifeNet pilots is to transport the patient and flight crew safely. For safety requirements, ChristianaCare LifeNet helicopters request a minimum landing space of 75 square feet. The landing space should be clear of towers, poles, wires, trees, signs and other obstacles. No one is to approach the helicopter until motioned to do so by one of the crewmembers on scene. Remember remain clear of the tail rotor and main rotor at all times.

About the aircraft

All air operations are provided by Air Methods Corporation. Air Methods supplies ChristianaCare LifeNet with two Helicopters. One is a BK 117 twin-engine aircraft that is 43 feet long, weighs 7,055 pounds and has an approximately 300-mile range. The other is an EC 145 twin-engine aircraft that is 43 feet long, weighs 7,903 pounds and has an approximately 300-mile range.

Access Center

ChristianaCare LifeNet, with assistance from AirCom, operates an access center 24 hours a day, seven days a week to answer all emergency and non-emergency calls: 800-428-0911

Education and community events

ChristianaCare LifeNet’s flight team regularly visits schools, fire stations and community events. For more information about the flight team’s availability, call 302-733-5558.

Ride-a-long Program

Medical and pre-hospital providers can request a ride-a-long. For more information, call 302-733-5558.