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

Violence Prevention

Violence and gun violence is a local and national tragedy. The ChristianaCare Trauma Department seeks to treat violence in the community by helping people better understand the consequences of violence.

We regularly talk to groups and provide tips about how to prevent violence.

  • Violence is the second leading cause of death for people ages 15-24.

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

The engaging session, “Choice Road,” is a 45-90 minute program for adolescents in grades 6-12 which includes the showing of a 15-minute film, “Choice Road: An American Tale.” The actors in the film include local students, police, emergency services, and medical professionals. In the film, a 16-year old boy decides to join a gang. He is shot and becomes a quadriplegic. A ‘credible messenger’ and the program coordinator engage the youth in a open discussion of choices and consequences.

“The Ripple Effect” is a 28 minute documentary filmed at ChristianaCare. The documentary depicts scenes from the trauma bay during actual trauma resuscitations. It also includes an honest interview with a patient who talks about his injuries and how personal choices led to these injuries suffered secondary to violence. Medical professionals including physicians, trauma nurses, family support staff and mental health specialists are interviewed throughout the documentary. A medical professional concludes the program with a discussion of the documentary.

“You Only Live Once” is a re-enactment of a trauma resuscitation inside Christiana Hospital. In the simulation center at Christiana Hospital, a team of trauma nurses and physicians will re-enact the resuscitation of one of our gunshot-wounded patients. This story is true.

During the program, students will see:

  • A trauma resuscitation simulation.
  • A re-enactment of emergency procedures with the use of a mannequin: insertion of various IVs, tubes, surgical procedures and the insertion of other emergency equipment such as breathing tubes and urinary catheters.
  • Artificial blood.

It is not the intent of this program to upset or frighten students, but rather to offer them an honest and unrestricted look at the consequences of violence. It is our hope that after participating in this program, students will be less likely to place themselves in situations in which they might become either the victims or perpetrators of violence.

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