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IV Fluids Shortage Continues in Hospitals
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As flu season looms, materials management and pharmacy teams are anxiously watching their IV fluid supplies. Despite hopes that the months-long saline solution shortage would clear up over the summer, the situation has not improved and there are indications that it has worsened.

“The [saline shortage] has not resolved, and has actually expanded into other IV solutions, including lactated ringers solution, which is almost universally used during surgical procedures,” says David Jaspan, RPh, director of pharmacy and materials management at Union Hospital of Cecil County in Elkton, MD. He estimates that three out of every four patients require IV solutions of some sort during their hospital stay.