Flu Season Strains Already Depleted Supply Of Hospitals’ IV Bags
The bags have been in demand all over the country after a hurricane hit Puerto Rico, where many of them are manufactured.
Shortage Of IV Bags Straining Hospitals
A severe flu season is increasing the need for intravenous fluids for patients in the central San Joaquin at a time when they are in short supply. The demand for IV fluids has been outstripping their availability for several years because a limited number of manufacturers produce them. But the shortage has become critical in the past five months since Hurricane Maria caused a major manufacturing plant in Puerto Rico to go offline. (Anderson, 1/16)