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.

Education

Combined Emergency Medicine / Family Medicine Elective

Unique Attributes

ChristianaCare Departments of Family and Community Medicine and Emergency Medicine offer a combined emergency medicine/family medicine outpatient elective rotation. This rotation includes:

  • One week spent seeing patients in our Family Medicine Center with a faculty member or resident physician.
  • One week spent on the Family Medicine inpatient service at Wilmington Hospital. We care for patients from our Family Medicine Center and other family medicine community sites including nursing homes, juvenile detention facilities, community attending physician practices that use our service as their admitting hospitalist group, and also unassigned patients. This service is provided by a team that includes a faculty member, two upper year residents and three interns. A fourth-year student would function in this setting as a subintern with basically the same responsibilities as an intern.
  • Two weeks spent in the Emergency Medicine Departments at Wilmington and Christiana Hospitals.

This elective rotation would be beneficial to those students interested in pursuing a combined training in family and emergency medicine. Our residency program is the first of its kind in the country, offering a comprehensive and cohesive curriculum that synthesizes the best of these two strong departments.

Training will take place under the supervision of both specialties and is designed to provide the optimal educational experience for those seeking to practice in both specialties.

Block Dates 2022-2023

Block 1: 7/4 to 7/31, 2022
Block 2: 8/1 to 8/28, 2022
Block 3: 8/29 to 9/25, 2022
Block 4: 9/26 to 10/23, 2022
Block 5: 10/24 to 11/20, 2022
Block 6: 11/21 to 12/18, 2022
Block 7: 1/2 to 1/29, 2023
Block 8: 1/30 to 2/26, 2023
Block 9: 2/27 to 3/26, 2023
Block 10: 3/28 to 4/23, 2023
Block 11: 4/25 to 5/21, 2023

Duration

4 weeks

Offered to

4th year

Available Spots

2 per block, most blocks of the year

Setting

Inpatient and/or Outpatient Emergency Room, Outpatient Offices, Inpatient

Location and Facilities

Variable locations

Parking and Transportation

Car required

Dress Code

  • Professional attire is required in clinical and patient care settings.
  • White coats should be worn, and students must always have their school ID and ChristianaCare ID visible.
  • Scrubs may be required as determined by rotation.

Clerkship Directors

Elise Hogan, MD
E-mail: elise.c.hogan@christianacare.org

Clerkship Coordinator

Lindsay Green
E-mail: lgreen@christianacare.org