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Hospitals Wrestle With Shortage of IV Bags

By BayAreaObserver following x   2018 Jan 13, 10:45am 149 views   4 comments   watch   sfw   quote     share    


Coming down with the flu ? Going to the hospital to get treated ? Need an IV saline solution or other type of IV ? You just might have a problem...

The U.S. is facing a nationwide shortage of intravenous bags just as flu cases accelerate, forcing many hospitals to use more time-consuming ways to administer drugs and to weigh a halt on elective procedures and clinical trials.

Some hospital officials said they have only a day or two of supplies and worry whether they would be able to handle an influx of patients as the influenza virus ramps up. Forty-six states are seeing widespread flu activity, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, putting this year on par with 2014-15, which was the most severe flu season in recent years.

The availability of saline IV bags has plummeted because a major manufacturer in Puerto Rico, Baxter International Inc., was affected by the hurricane that slammed its plants on the island, while production problems hit another key manufacturer of the bags this year. The Food and Drug Administration said Thursday that production at Puerto Rico plants remains fragile.

"It might as well be a Third World country," said Erin Fox, senior director of drug information services at the University of Utah, which tracks nationwide drug shortages. Hospitals, she said, are now administering medications using syringes instead of IV bags because of the shortage.

Those methods have more side effects, Ms. Fox said. "It's happening every day," she said. "And it will have more of an effect as hospitals get into delaying electives or clinical trials."

Baxter said its two IV plants in Puerto Rico now are hooked up to the electrical grid but that power is "intermittent" and that the plants have backup diesel generators in place. In a statement, the company said it is "making progress on the road to a full recovery" of operations and expects "to return to more normal supply levels for products made in Puerto Rico in the coming weeks."

More: http://www.foxbusiness.com/features/2018/01/07/hospitals-wrestle-with-shortage-iv-bags-linked-to-hurricane.html

#Medicine #PuertoRico #DotardAdministrationAtWorkMakingMAGA #DotardWatchingOutForAmericans

1   BayAreaObserver   ignore (1)   2018 Jan 13, 12:39pm   ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike (3)     quote      

Anyone think maybe the administration should have considered doing just a wee bit more to help restore electricity or was this a grand plan to decimate the industry there and help get it started in CONUS with all new ownership, management and all new campaign contributions?
2   mell   ignore (1)   2018 Jan 13, 12:54pm   ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike (1)     quote      

BayAreaObserver says
Anyone think maybe the administration should have considered doing just a wee bit more to help restore electricity or was this a grand plan to decimate the industry there and help get it started in CONUS with all new ownership, management and all new campaign contributions?


Maybe instead they should focus on bringing more jobs back into the main country, including manufacturing for hospital needs. Puerto Rico is and has been brutally mismanaged.
3   Ceffer   ignore (1)   2018 Jan 13, 1:16pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote      

Sorry, FluFucks, IV bags are for aristocrats.
4   anon_072c3   ignore (0)   2018 Jan 13, 8:05pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (1)     quote      

BayAreaObserver says
Anyone think maybe the administration should have considered doing just a wee bit more to help restore electricity or was this a grand plan to decimate the industry there and help get it started in CONUS with all new ownership, management and all new campaign contributions?


Yes, it's Trump's fault that these companies set up manufacturing in P.R.

Why didn't Trump just stop the hurricane before it hit P.R.?

What a slacker.

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