Multiple St.Louis-area hospitals monitoring national IV bag shortage

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Hurricane Maria was the worst natural disaster in Puerto Rico history leaving majority of the island without power and clean drinking water. They toured a hospital and met with the Foundation for Puerto Rico, a group that has partnered with New Haven for Puerto Rico, which donated 90 mattresses to families on the island.

"If you have a shortage it could be life threatening" AMR Chief EMS Officer Scott Karaszewski said.

So, the factory was out of commission for some time after the hurricane hit, and that's created a serious shortage since IV bags are used all the time at hospitals.

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

It's the latest example of Connecticut's efforts since Hurricane Maria to help Puerto Ricans, who represent about 8.4 percent of the state's total population, according to 2014 numbers from the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at New York's Hunter College. They will be joining hundreds of other workers sent to the island to help people in desperate need of electricity. Employees have rationed some and used syringes for IV pushes. And Junta for Progressive Action met with almost 300 families, setting them up in local hotels and offering winter clothes and gift cards, said Alicia Caraballo, the executive director.

Statistics showcased Maria causing the largest blackout in US history.

Cooper has instituted a conservation program that includes things like switching patients to oral medication when possible and daily evaluations to make sure the IV treatments are really necessary. "It would be great if it was that predictable but we take what we can get".

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A national shortage of a common health supply has local hospitals reacting.

The utility, which provides service to more than half of Florida, was asked by Puerto Rico's electric authority to help complete the restoration, said FPL spokesman Bill Orlove.

Despite what the people on the island have faced, Corbitt said he's hopefully for the people of Puerto Rico.

Tyler Edgar, TOTE Maritime's senior manager of marketing and communications, said the already behind-the-times infrastructure of the island has compounded challenges and will continue to make recovery hard.

Other hospitals also are taking a cautiously optimistic view of the situation. "Every day here, we have a daily safety brief with all the leaders in the organization, and we talk about the shortages there, how we're coping and what's the plan".

"We're not out of the woods, but it's improved", UVM's Miceli said.

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