Teach-in, concert to aid Puerto Rico hurricane relief

Christopher Peak

Nearly half of the residents of Puerto Rico are still without power, more than three months after the hurricane, according to data recently released by its government. It turns out, the manufacturing plant that makes the majority of these small IV bags is in Puerto Rico.

This IV shortage is not causing major issues in NY due to the alternative measures that responders can take in order to monitor saline usage.

"It may sound scary to the public but as technicians we know how (much saline) we truly need".

Puerto Rican government officials said they hope to have power restored to the rest of the island by the end of Spring. He recently worked on the island as a sub contractor. Employees have rationed some and used syringes for IV pushes. That industry has a "significant presence" in Puerto Rico, and the "disruption ... has had ramifications for patients both on the island and throughout the USA", the federal Food and Drug Administration said in a November 17 announcement.

At Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington, administrators have made purchasing and procedural changes to ensure the shortage's impact is "very minimal", Pharmacy Director Rob Sherman said. No problem. Cruz says they used lettuce instead.

Large volume solutions, often referred to as "saline", are not made in Puerto Rico, and are now being produced "at capacity", Baxter said. To see more, visit WNPR News. "This is making it harder to get power and reliable communication, which are critical to daily life, back in place".

"Since new health care laws have gone into effect, a lot more people are going to hospitals, so the demand for things has gone way up", said Couldry, as he explained what he says is the basis of shortages that now happen year round.

Nutrient solution bags, also running low, are needed for far fewer patients than saline, but there are few substitutes, said Connie Sullivan, head of research and innovation at the National Home Infusion Association. In an update issued Thursday, the FDA said all of Baxter's facilities in Puerto Rico have been reconnected to the power grid.

Puerto Ricans are United States citizens, uncontrolled by immigration law and permitted to move wherever they want within the country.

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