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

Surgery and appointment information – Learn more

For the safety of our patients and caregivers, we have expanded and changed how we deliver care to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Depending on your medical needs, your appointments could take place in-person, by phone or by video. There may be times when an appointment or procedure may be rescheduled. In which case, we will contact you to let you know. Rest assured, all urgent needs will be addressed promptly.

Existing ChristianaCare patients can request an appointment using their patient portal account.

Visitor restrictions are still in place for your protection. Please refer to our visitor policy for more details.

Our operating rooms are now accommodating elective procedures.

As an added safety measure, all patients will be screened for COVID-19. If needed, your doctor will order a COVID-19 test to be performed at a ChristianaCare laboratory three to five days before your procedure.

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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

Surgery and appointment information – Learn more

For the safety of our patients and caregivers, we have expanded and changed how we deliver care to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Depending on your medical needs, your appointments could take place in-person, by phone or by video. There may be times when an appointment or procedure may be rescheduled. In which case, we will contact you to let you know. Rest assured, all urgent needs will be addressed promptly.

Existing ChristianaCare patients can request an appointment using their patient portal account.

Visitor restrictions are still in place for your protection. Please refer to our visitor policy for more details.

Our operating rooms are now accommodating elective procedures.

As an added safety measure, all patients will be screened for COVID-19. If needed, your doctor will order a COVID-19 test to be performed at a ChristianaCare laboratory three to five days before your procedure.

Perioperative Evaluation &
Treatment Service (POETS)

Perioperative Evaluation & Treatment Service (POETS)

Call: 302-733-7370

As you prepare for surgery, ChristianaCare’s new Perioperative Evaluation & Treatment Service — we call it POETS — helps to make sure everyone involved in your care has all of the information needed for a safe and successful surgery. This includes your surgeon, your specialists, your primary care physician, and the doctors, nurses and staff who will care for you while you are in the hospital.

Planning your Care

Once you are scheduled for surgery, you may receive a phone call from a ChristianaCare pre-op nurse who will ask you several screening questions. The answers you provide will give your surgeon and medical team important information as they plan your care.

If we need more information about your health to help prepare for your surgery, you may receive a second phone call from a staff assistant with the POETS program to schedule an appointment with our specially trained Perioperative Evaluation and Treatment Team.

What to Expect

During your visit you will meet our nurse practitioner or hospitalist to complete the following:

  • Physical exam.
  • Comprehensive review of your past and current medical history, past surgeries and current medications.
  • Assessment of your heart, lungs, kidneys liver, diabetes, and anemia risks.
  • Instructions for the day of surgery.
  • Educational materials to help guide your care:
    • What to expect before your surgery.
    • What to expect while you are in the hospital.
    • What you will need to do once you return home to reduce your risk of complications as well as to recognize and get help for complications.

Your 45-minute POETS appointment may be held in-person, by phone or by video visit. A support person is welcome to join in-person phone or video appointments.

Please know that you may be sent for additional lab tests. A member of our team may call you to follow-up on needed lab work and tests.

Your POETS team will share information from your appointment with your primary care physician, specialists and surgeon to ensure you are ready for surgery and to equip them with all of the information they need to provide the best possible care.

Program Benefits

Our POETS program helps to better prepare you for surgery and reduce the chance of your surgery being cancelled. We review all of your medical information to put together the
entire clinical picture.

Patient Resources

The ChristianaCare POETS team looks forward to preparing you for a safe, successful surgery and a quick, complication-free recovery. Call 302-733-7370 or email POETS@christianacare.org for additional information.

ChristianaCare Newark Campus
Medical Arts Pavilion II (MAP II)

4735 Ogletown-Stanton Road, Suite 1225
Newark, DE 19713 directions
Phone: 302-733-7370
Fax: 302-325-5028