ProMedica adjusts to deal with shortage of saline IV bags

A nurse administers an intravenous push of antibiotics to patient Alice Mc Donald at Pro Medica Toledo Hospital in Toledo Ohio

Right now hospitals across the nation and here in West Texas a shortage of IV fluids.

He says being part of a larger health care system they're better able to utilize and distribute their resources and minimize unnecessary use of IV fluids and access more if need be.

An Atlanta-area hospital run by Cancer Treatment Centers of America has had to rent special pumps to empty liter-size saline bags into many smaller ones for individual patients, said pharmacy services director Jamie Joy.

Now, medical facilities, like Carilion, are working to find solutions to a shortage of saline bags, typically used to administer life-saving medicine to patients.

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They look quite organised, disciplined in defence and hard to breakdown. "I have to wait and see if we can do that". We need to strengthen certain positions. "The last time that we talked, we knew what we had to do".

In the meantime, Children's Hospital says it has been fortunate.

"We continue to keep a close eye on fluid supply, we're constantly looking at that with several times a week updates from our material management group", Hoffman said.

Rear Admiral Tim Gallaudet says Hurricane Maria left a massive data gap that hindered the weather forecast and warning operations in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Deliveries of those have been most unpredictable, said David Chen, a pharmacy director with Promedica, which operates 13 hospitals in OH and MI. "But we have not had to alter our practice whatsoever", said Heaton. It also gave Baxter permission to temporarily import sterile fluids from six overseas factories.

Also speaking to the AP, Connie Sullivan of the National Home Infusion Association noted that her members have been forced to seek alternative methods of treating patients, though few options are available. "That has a huge impact on our nursing care", said Calvert.

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