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.

Trauma Department

Injury Prevention

The ChristianaCare Trauma Department stands ready to help people with their injuries, though we would prefer to help prevent injuries so that no one would need our help. That’s why we take an active role in injury prevention in the community.

We regularly talk to groups and provide tips about different ways to prevent injuries.

Preventing falls for seniors

Preventing falls for seniors is a key part of our injury prevention efforts in the community.

Contact Kate Angermeier at injuryprevention@christianacare.org or 302-733-5927 to request a falls prevention speaker for your group.

The interactive session, “ThinkFirst to Prevent Falls” is a 60 minute talk for the older adult. The talk helps educate about the risk for falls and the steps for minimizing the risk.

  1. Have a medication review: ask your doctor to review your medications for those that increase your risk for falls.
  2. Have a vision exam: have your eyes examined and if possible, corrected.
  3. Stay active: have a regular exercise routine. Exercising regularly is the most important way to prevent falls.
  4. Do a home safety assessment: check your home for falls hazards.

ThinkFirst for Teens (Preventing car crashes)

  • Car crashes are the leading cause of death for people ages 15-24 and remain one of the leading causes of death in the United States.
  • Teen drivers are three times more likely than more experienced drivers to be in a fatal car crash (CDC).
  • 80% of car crashes are preventable.

Preventing car crashes is an important focus of our injury prevention efforts.

Contact Kate Angermeier at Kaitlyn.Angermeier@christianacare.org or 302-733-5927 to request a car crash prevention speaker for your group.

The interactive presentation, “ThinkFirst for Teens,” is a national program designed for middle school to high school students. This talk helps educate about the dangers of driving and ways to prevent car crashes.

Learn more about ways to prevent distracted driving.

  1. Take the pledge: pledge to end distracted driving per the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
  2. Follow the 10 tips for handling the most common distractions: from the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA).

Elementary School Injury Prevention Program (Preventing injuries in children)

  • Every hour, one child dies from an injury. About 1 in 5 child deaths is due to an injury.
  • Every 4 seconds a child is treated in an emergency department (CDC).

Preventing injuries in children is a key to our injury prevention education.

Contact Kate Angermeier at Kaitlyn.Angermeier@christianacare.org or 302-733-5927 to request a Injury prevention speaker for your group.

This engaging talk, “ThinkFirst for Kids,” is a 45-minute program for children ages kindergarten to 5th grade. The program helps educate about topics such as helmet, bike falls and home safety for for children and their caregivers.

ChristianaCare Trauma Department
4755 Ogletown-Stanton Road, Suite 1320
Newark DE 19718 directions
302-733-4280