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Flu spike, saline shortages linked
Monterey Herald

A shortage of intravenous saline is causing hospitals and dialysis centers to scramble to manage their supplies of the commonly used solution.

Health care providers are asking doctors and staff members to use smaller IV bags and find alternatives, officials and executives said. Officials have not heard of facilities running out of saline, “but we know that hospitals are still reporting that they may only have a few days’ supply,” said Valerie Jensen, associate director of the drug shortages program at the Food and Drug Administration.