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Hospitals scramble to deal with a shortage of saline drip bags
Southern California Public Radio

Hurricane Maria’s ripple effects have reached California. When the storm destroyed much of Puerto Rico’s infrastructure, it disrupted the operations of the leading manufacturer of saline solution IV bags, leading to a shortage that has affected California and other states.

The California Hospital Association confirmed the Golden State is running low on 50 cc and 100 cc saline bags, known as mini-bags, but it said the shortage is not yet a serious problem.

“There are larger sizes of these bags available so hospitals are making do,” Association spokeswoman Jan Emerson-Shea said in an email. “As far as [the Association] is aware, patient care isn’t being affected. At this point it’s just a hassle for the hospitals.”