Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
IT | By Lester Massey

Alaska hospitals impacted by IV shortage

Alaska hospitals impacted by IV shortage

A request for similar information to Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg was not returned.

"We all need to understand that there is a crisis brewing with this", said Joseph Montella, MD, vice president of medical affairs at Camden, N.J. -based Cooper University Hospital.

Akron Children's Hospital has a shortage of IV saline bags manufactured by Baxter. In December, the Globe reported the number of flu cases has quadrupled from previous year, and the Joplin area's total doubled.

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

They've also been changing some procedures, like trying to switch people off IV bags as soon as possible and not starting patients on IV drips during surgery until it's certain they are needed.

Quinones, 21, a St. Bernard School graduate and senior at Quinnipiac, said she was excited and "a little less nervous" to go back, having visited Puerto Rico just last week to attend the funeral of her grandfather.

The Tennessee Department of Health has recorded four flu-related deaths in the state during the 2017-2018 flu season.

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

"Given the improvements we've seen over the last few weeks, I'm optimistic that supplies of IV saline and amino acids will increase over the next few weeks and the stress of the shortage will begin to abate, even if the shortages will not be fully resolved immediately".

Saline solution bags used in hospitals. As Puerto Rico's power grid is restored, Baxter International factories, which make the nutrient solutions and saline bags, was reconnected before Christmas.

"We've done a lot of things to cut down on usage", Thompson said. Things like that we're seeing across the whole health system.

"This is nothing new for us", Thompson said.

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