Hospitals across the United States experiencing IV bag shortage, including Green Bay

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But intermittent power outages are still slowing Baxter's efforts to get back to full production. Baystate Medical Center in Springfield is among the hospitals feeling this depletion.

Akron Children's Hospital has a shortage of IV saline bags manufactured by Baxter.

"We have seen an increase in the number of flu cases compared to a year ago".

Shortages are also hitting surgery centers, cancer clinics that infuse chemotherapy, dialysis centers and companies that provide regular infusions to home-bound patients. "Some medicines can be mixed in syringes, and we have ways to keep access open (on a patient) without using a bag". "If someone needs intravenous fluids, they definitely get intravenous fluids".

To help support the US market facing short supply of products, Baxter worked with the FDA to import certain products, including small-volume parenterals, from Baxter facilities in Ireland, Australia, Canada, Mexico, England and Italy.

The Joplin region hasn't been immune to this season's flu outbreak. Despite the lack of leadership, however, they said "miracles" are happening everyday as the people of Puerto Puerto Rico respond heroically to the challenges.

Now, Xcel Energy crews are being called in to help restore the destroyed power grid.

The Food and Drug Administration says relief is on the way.

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

Saline solution bags used in hospitals.

"The small bags disappeared and we accommodated for that by making things ourselves and doing conservation techniques", said Britton, the chief medical officer at Mass General. Things like that we're seeing across the whole health system. 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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