Denville Officers Among Those Honored for Puerto Rico Aid

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"The medications that are delivered within a hospital setting are given through an intravenous route using IV fluids to provide that medication, so it is very important that we continue to evaluate what we have", Hoffman said.

An Atlanta-area hospital run by Cancer Treatment Centers of America has had to rent special pumps to empty liter-size saline bags into many smaller ones for individual patients, said pharmacy services director Jamie Joy.

"We're assessing patients every shift to see if they're taking foods by mouth or eating, if they're drinking and if they need IV fluids".

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"There are concerns nationwide that facilities will not be able to keep up with the supply issues", said Freije.

In addition to meeting with state troopers, the group plans to visit a children's hospital in San Juan, a health center in Loiza and a shelter in Canovanas.

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 USA supply of fluid-filled bags used to deliver sterile solutions to patients. "The Mahoning campus and the Akron campus have worked together to form a committee to conserve IV fluids as much as possible and look at different ways of administering our medications to stretch our supply". And Baxter International was given the OK to temporarily import sterile fluids from 6 overseas factories.

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Also speaking to the AP, Connie Sullivan of the National Home Infusion Association noted that her members have been forced to seek alternative methods of treating patients, though few options are available.

"Due to the strength and breadth of our network pharmacy, materials management and dedicated staff, we have been able to work through any challenges", Rynn said.

"I have never seen anything quite this bad", Sullivan said. "That has a huge impact on our nursing care", said Calvert.

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