Puerto Rico And America’s House Of Cards

IV bag shortage has hospitals scrambling to treat flu

An ongoing shortage of fluids used to deliver medicine and treat dehydrated patients has hospital workers scrambling in the midst of a nasty flu season and supplies from factories in storm-ravaged Puerto Rico have been slow to rebound.

Supplies of saline and nutrient solutions were already tight before hurricanes pounded Puerto Rico and cut power to manufacturing plants that make much of the U.S. supply of fluid-filled bags used to deliver sterile solutions to patients.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

We’ve let Puerto Rico linger in abject misery that’s unconscionable and now we’re beginning to pay that price in a way we’ve never imagined.

According to news reports I’ve seen, this is flu season is particularly bad. One report had a very fit 21-year-old bodybuilder dying from it!

I’m now at an age in life where flu could actually kill me. I didn’t get the vaccine this year due to its low effectiveness (10%; now they’re trying to sell 30% to encourage people to get it).

But who knew that it’s not only the flu that could kill you, but lack of an IV bag from Puerto Rico?

“If we can’t support patients coming in emergency rooms who have the flu, more people are going to die,” predicts Deborah Pasko, director of medication safety and quality at the American Society of Health System Pharmacists, a professional group. “I see it as a crisis.”

Previously here:

Weekly Update #1 From Puerto Rico
The Post-Maria Horror In Puerto Rico Continues
Third Update From Puerto Rico
Don’t Forget Puerto Rico Or Its Abandoned Pets
Puerto Rico Is Still In Trouble
Second Update From Puerto Rico
An Update From Puerto Rico
Amazon Wish List For Hurricane Maria Relief In Puerto Rico

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