Iodinated Contrast Media Shortage: Charting Notations

Here are two notations or smart phrases you can add to your chart & patient’s discharge instructions during this global shortage of iodinated contrast media.

In general, this is a good reminder for all of us how very important “strict return precautions” are when educating your patients at the time of discharge. It’s good practice to take the extra time to educate your patients on results, appropriate follow up, and when to return to the emergency department! 

Here is the link to the May 13th, 2022 ACEP Clinical Alert Article if you would like to read more of the statement.

Copy & Paste Phrases below to use in your own charting:

Notation for the chart:

This patient was evaluated during a time of global shortage of iodinated contrast media. Based on guidance from the American College of Radiology, best practices, and local institutional approaches an alternative path for evaluating and managing the patient may have been employed in order to provide optimal care during this shortage. The current situation has been discussed with the patient.

Notation for the patient’s discharge paperwork:

Please be aware that you were seen during a time of global shortage of iodinated contrast media. This means an alternative approach to your diagnosis and treatment may have been employed in order to provide optimal care during this shortage. If you have any worsening symptoms, please go to the nearest Emergency Department or call 911 immediately.

Happy Charting! Lauren (@np.lauren) 🤓

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Notation Quote Credit: American College of Emergency Physicians (May 13, 2022 Clinical Alert Release via website)

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