Hospitals across the state and country are still dealing with shortages of IV bags after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico.
CHI Saint Alexius in Bismarck has to hold weekly meetings to make sure they’re able to maintain their supply of saline. We spoke with their pharmacy operations manager, who says they’ve taken steps, like administering medicine directly, instead of through saline, in order to conserve.
In December, the hospital’s drug manufacturer reduced their order cap amounts for saline by 40 percent. CHI has even had to request IV bags from the state medical supply cache.
Kristy Vadnais; Pharmacy Operations Manager: “Probably the middle of December, we didn’t receive any of our large volumes. So on a Wednesday, even though we placed our order on Tuesday, we didn’t get any bags in. That would be a crisis mode for us. We only have a 2 week supply. We did receive drug from the state cache.”
Sanford Health also said they are dealing with shortages, but have been able to conserve supplies to where it is less of an issue.