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Hurricane Maria Caused Shortage of IV Bags at Hospitals Across U.S.

Lauren Hoffman
January 09, 2018 - 1:21 pm

Hospitals across the country are facing a nationwide shortage of intravenous bags. A manufacturer for the product in Puerto Rico was affected by Hurricane Maria in September which has stalled production.

According to The Wall Street Journal, "the availability of saline IV bags has plummeted" and "some hospital officials said they have only a day or two of supplies."

The Wall Street Journal has reported that hospitals are currently using syringes to deliver medications to their patients instead of IV bags. This comes as a serious struggle for most as 46 states are currently dealing with "widespread flue activity."

 

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