Hospitals Experiencing Shortages Of IV Bags, Tamiflu

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Once they were gone, organizations turned to 1-liter IV bags so now those are in short supply too, Thompson explained.

They predict supplies will be back to normal in March.

We continue to closely manage our inventory on a daily basis. "We need to remain agile and keep key personnel informed of what supply we have".

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Hospitals have been substituting pills for IV-administered drugs when possible, changing dosing schedules or injecting drugs directly into a vein, what's called I.V. push. However, that may not be a bad thing in the long run. "Every day here, we have a daily safety brief with all the leaders in the organization, and we talk about the shortages there, how we're coping and what's the plan".

The strength-in-numbers approach also is part of the solution at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital.

However, there is not a lot of substitution for hydrating a dehydrated patient that can't ingest fluid, so the shortage of the mini-bags is the biggest issue.

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As of early November, Luciano said, efforts were beginning to shift from the relief mode to the fix phase, with a third phase, that of replenishment, anticipated to get into gear by yearend. "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".

For instance, the IV fluid shortage led to some pharmacy's dividing larger IV fluid bags into smaller bags to serve more patients. "I had my dream job and everything (in Puerto Rico)".

"The hurricane has highlighted the lack of investment in infrastructure over the last decade or so as a result of the island's financial problems", Edgar said. But intermittent power outages are still slowing Baxter's efforts to get back to full production. There are no resources in Puerto Rico, so his wife had to come here, the husband said in Spanish.

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That's because the storm and the delays in recovery have severely hampered a key manufacturer of intravenous fluid bags, creating a nationwide shortage of a critical tool for mixing and delivering medications. Those are our tax dollars funding their expensive junket to Puerto Rico all the while the whole reason for this little trip is to stick it to President Trump.

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