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Triangle hospitals grapple with IV bag shortage amid nasty flu season

Triangle hospitals grapple with IV bag shortage amid nasty flu season

He left Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, but now it's not clear how long he can stay.

It's no secret flu season is in full-swing in the USA and for Wisconsin, experts said we're right on track with the rest of the country.

"When I got word that we were going to have an opportunity to possibly send some guys down there, I thought, this is a no brainer I'm in", said Stingle.

And those who have feeding tubes are getting more fluids that way, also. While this shortage appears bigger, hospitals have dealt with shortages before, Thompson said, so they'll keep monitoring supplies - and knocking on wood.

Hospitals have been substituting pills for IV-administered drugs when possible, changing dosing schedules or injecting drugs directly into a vein, in what's called an IV push.

Both Mercy Health and Akron Children's Hospital said they have a shortage of IV products produced by Baxter International Inc., a global health care product company, whose manufacturing plants lost power in the Caribbean island.




"Based on the information we're receiving from the companies, we expect that the shortage of IV saline fluids will improve in early 2018, with continuing improvements in the weeks ahead", FDA commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said last week. Bernie Sanders. They said that the crises facing Puerto Rico that has become a life and death one following Maria actually pre-dates the hurricane itself.

Tennova Healthcare, Fort Sanders Regional Hospital and the University of Tennessee Medical Center all told 10News they are making adjustments to deal with the shortage.

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.

Some hospital officials say the severity of shortages stabilized over the holidays, when elective surgeries and other services drop, but others say shortages are worsening.

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