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

Your Care Team

The trauma advanced practice nurse (APN) plays a key role in your loved one’s care. Trauma APNS are independent practitioners who collaborate with the trauma attending surgeon. They attend daily trauma rounds and develop patient care plans. Trauma APNs also perform minor procedures, can prescribe medicine and coordinate follow-up care. They communicate with the trauma care team and patients and families. APNs also coordinate with Outpatient Services to follow trauma patients after discharge.

Trauma APNs are part of a large trauma team (see below) who cares for your loved one.

Trauma attending surgeon: A trauma surgeon who directs the trauma team and consults with other surgeons and doctors as needed. A trauma surgeon is on call for immediate response at all times.

Addictions counselor: A professional who provides alcohol screening, brief intervention and if necessary, referral to treatment for substance use.

Case manager: A professional who seeks out and coordinates resources for the trauma patient being discharged home.

Pastoral services: Chaplains who offer emotional and spiritual comfort to patients and families throughout hospitalization.

Physician assistant (PA): A health professional who practices medicine with the supervision of a licensed doctor.

Resident: A doctor who has completed medical school and is continuing his or her training in a specialty. Surgical and emergency medicine residents always work under the supervision of the trauma surgeon.

Respiratory therapist: A health care professional who provides breathing support and respiratory treatments.

Social worker: A professional who is experienced with coordinating social services needed by trauma patients and their families.

Trauma nurse: A registered nurse who has advanced training in the care of trauma patients. Trauma nurses care for patients around the clock and are responsible for updating families on the patient’s condition with the trauma team.

Trauma hospitalist: A medical doctor who works with the trauma care team on health issues that may impact trauma care.

Other health care professionals may help care for your loved one health care professionals include surgical and medical specialists and occupational therapist, psychiatrist, physiatrist, physical therapist, and speech/language pathologist.

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