CT senators fight for Puerto Rico

CT senators fight for Puerto Rico

Diaz said some of the students have extended family in Puerto Rico and so the visit is not only a way to help but to get a firsthand view of how the island is recovering.

"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.

"To manage the shortage, we have implemented alternative methods of medication administration and are working through other FDA-approved sources to obtain IV solution", Mariott told 10News in an email.

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. Intermittent power outages, however, have slowed Baxter's attempts to get back to full production, and only a few other companies make such products. "The safety of our patients is always our top priority, and, these minor changes to clinical practice in no way affect the high-quality care our patients do - and should - expect from us". While this shortage appears bigger, hospitals have dealt with shortages before, Thompson said, so they'll keep monitoring supplies - and knocking on wood. "If someone needs intravenous fluids, they definitely get intravenous fluids". "That said, the production situation in Puerto Rico remains fragile".

Puerto Rico's power grid is being slowly restored and the last of three Baxter International factories there that make saline bags and nutrient solutions was reconnected just before Christmas.

"The small bags disappeared and we accommodated for that by making things ourselves and doing conservation techniques", said Britton.

The potential for a high demand of IV supplies still exists.

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

Now even the large bags of saline have sometimes been delivered only intermittently.

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