Hospitals impacted by widespread IV bag shortage due to Hurricane Maria


School districts that accepted students from Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria are receiving federally-funded grants. Saline IV fluids have been "intermittently in shortage dating back to 2014", FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said, but "the situation in Puerto Rico has greatly exacerbated this supply issue".

There's a worldwide shortage of IV bags.

"It may sound scary to the public but as technicians we know how (much saline) we truly need".

The Food and Drug Administration said Thursday that production at Puerto Rico plants remains fragile.

Artists from all over the world headed to Miami to create the mural that, organizers said, shines a spotlight on residents of the Caribbean island who are still in need of help.

Tufts is making substitutions, like using the IV push method, which was a way to solve for the absence of Mini-Bag Plus. Richard Blumenthal said Thursday on the Senate floor, a day after returning from a two-day fact-finding trip to the US territory with fellow Democratic Sen.

Shortages are also hitting surgery centers, cancer clinics that infuse chemotherapy, dialysis centers and companies that provide regular infusions to home-bound patients.

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Cooper has instituted a conservation program that includes things like switching patients to oral medication when possible and daily evaluations to make sure the IV treatments are really necessary.

"Every single patient has gotten exactly the fluid and the care that they needed", he said.

As you may know, hurricanes ravaged the island past year. "There's been some progress, but I have to tell you, as I boarded that plane to come home, I was furious and heartbroken for the people of Puerto Rico". He explained companies willing to produce these vital products for those who do buy them, have found the most cost-effective place to make them is Puerto Rico.

"Most people start out thinking their move will be temporary", said Mary Waters, a professor of sociology at Harvard, in an article for news website Vox.

But Sherman also said he'd heard it could take until the end of the first quarter of 2018 to get Baxter fully operational again.

"We're not out of the woods, but it's improved", UVM's Miceli said.

They say they continue to monitor the shortage closely.