Blumenthal, Murphy Fight For Puerto Rico

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Blumenthal, Murphy Fight For Puerto Rico

A shortage of intravenous supplies has many in the medical community concerned and scrambling to get patients the drugs they need, especially with the increase of flu cases.

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

Artists from all over the world headed to Miami to create the mural that, organizers said, shines a spotlight on residents of the Caribbean island who are still in need of help.

Baxter says it's been shipping those to USA hospitals since October, but hospital officials say that hasn't been enough.

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 biggest shock came upon realizing that all mini-bag and mini-bag plus products were coming from Puerto Rico, Thompson said. Photo by Kristopher Radder/Brattleboro ReformerIn a subsequent statement, Gottlieb also cited Baxter's disrupted production of amino acids for injection.

"There's a lot of need for rebuilding", Corbitt said.

The FDA Commissioner recently sent out an update to the problem.

But it's a long-term project that will "require a sustained effort by industry, the agency and other partners as we work with manufacturers to return to production levels that adequately meet the needs of patients", Gottlieb has said.

IV bags hold the medicines and fluids administered by IV and now nurses and doctors are being forced to find other ways to care for their patients, reports CBS News' Michelle Miller.

"We are definitely feeling the pinch from what happened from Hurricane Maria", said Wes McMillian, UVM Medical Center's pharmacy director.

Clark Memorial hopes to get the supply back up by February or March at the earliest. Michele Evink, pharmacy manager at Clarke County Hospital in Iowa, added that Clarke's staff has engaged in workarounds to compensate for lacking supplies.

"We should learn something about patient care from this", he said. Also, in the first days following landfall, Crowley employees in Jacksonville filled containers with 50 tons of donated bottled water, canned foods and other relief goods that were promptly shipped to the island.

KING: Cruz says they celebrated the holiday with the kids to make them feel like they were back in a familiar place.

Within the hospital, Dowd said, staffers are managing IV fluid inventory by making sure heavily used products are "stocked as much as possible" in higher-use locations. Ohio Health System will evaluate its new practices to see which are cost effective and should be kept, said pharmacy services heard Curt Passafume Jr.

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