IV shortage in U.S. due to hurricane and flu cases

IV shortage in U.S. due to hurricane and flu cases

Four months after Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico, many residents still lack access to clean water.

With Democrats now lacking the votes to enact these provisions, Murphy and Blumenthal called for efforts to pressure Republican senators in states with Puerto Rican populations like Florida and Ohio.

Hartford officials say will form a task force to address the growing challenge of caring for displaced families from Puerto Rico.

The tidal wave of assistance pouring in from individuals and charitable institutions from CT is much appreciated, they said.

"This is a serious situation and right now we are at the limits of our conservation and adaptation strategy", said Dr. Paul Biddinger, director of the Center for Disaster Medicine and vice chairman for emergency preparedness at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

The worst shortage is for small saline bags.

"Per the agency, some 100 days after the storm, approximately 76,000 residents in the United States commonwealth now rely on drinking water that might be contaminated with raw sewage", Color Lines reported.

Unfortunately, not only is the flu going around but it's one of the worst seasons in recent years.

"No one wants to come out and make it sound like their hospital isn't safe", but problems will worsen if shortages don't ease soon, Pasko said.

"Within the Mercy Health-Youngstown region, weekly inventory reviews of on-hand solutions and pain medications are assessed and where possible, physicians have been able to substitute oral therapy and solutions to conserve IV bag use", said Barry Shick, chief pharmacy officer for Mercy Health in a statement. Reportedly, Captain Aaron Anderson, the chief operating officer of the USA based Army corps of Engineers, is leading the project, in conjunction with the support from other partners like USACE Recovery Field Office, Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA), and FEMA. "If someone needs intravenous fluids, they definitely get intravenous fluids".

Saline and other nutrient solutions are are given to dehydrated flu patients through IV bags, but this year, there is a shortage of those much-needed supplies. But intermittent power outages are still slowing Baxter's efforts to get back to full production.

The Food and Drug Administration says relief is on the way.

"And pretty quickly, we ran through medium-sized bags".

Now even the large bags of saline have sometimes been delivered only intermittently.