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Power expected to be restored to Puerto Rico by March

Power expected to be restored to Puerto Rico by March

Startsman said even though they've seen an influx of patients due to flu season and other viruses going around, they have not run out of the saline solution just yet.

A nasty flu season is hitting US hospitals already scrambling to maintain patient care amid severe shortages of crucial sterile fluids, particularly saline solution needed to administer I.V. medicines and rehydrate patients.

The hurricane struck Puerto Rico head-on, devastating as much as 80 percent of the island's farm production.

"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. I mean, we've been in a situation where we were waiting on IV, but we knew our suppliers could let us know, okay the shipment will get to us on this date and we'll get it to you. In comments to WCCO, Minnesota Nurses Association President Mary Turner said that her group's members are using alternative methods, including syringes, to administer medicines.

"There are concerns nationwide that facilities will not be able to keep up with the supply issues", said Freije. "We're starting to put a lot of drugs in syringes instead that would normally be in a 50-100 ml bag", said Kevin Pendleton Director of Pharmacy Services at McLaren Northern Michigan.

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Fortunately, that's not the case at Lawrence and Memorial Hospital in New London, according to chief medical officer Dr. Oliver Mayorga.

That includes CT, which has seen five deaths associated with flu thus far.

Only a few other companies make those solutions, the AP reported, and supplies never fully recovered after a 2014 shortage of saline bags.

The FDA has been trying to boost supplies, giving two additional companies approval to start selling saline bags, likely within a couple months.


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