Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Local Red Cross volunteer returns from deployment in Puerto Rico

Local Red Cross volunteer returns from deployment in Puerto Rico

The U.S. EPA released an update on conditions in Puerto Rico on January 5.

To mitigate the saline shortages, many hospitals are switching patients from intravenous drugs to the same medication in pill form.

The 2017 hurricane season was a devastating one for many in St. Lucie County and throughout the southern United States.

The acute shortage of IV bags is linked to Hurricane Maria and the devastation it wrought on Puerto Rico last September.

According to state officials, about 3,000 people have relocated to CT since Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico in September.

Hospital officials, pharmacists and other staff have been devising alternatives and workarounds, training doctors and nurses on new procedures and options, and hitting the phones to try to secure fluids from secondary suppliers.

Xcel Energy trucks depart from Texas Jan. 2 2018
Xcel Energy trucks depart from Texas Jan. 2 2018

"It would've been ideal to have a redundant system in place to manage it", said Patel.

Now, Xcel Energy crews are being called in to help restore the destroyed power grid.

With the help of crewmembers across JetBlue´s 101-city network, including those in Puerto Rico, as well as partners such as New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló, and the Puerto Rico Tourism company, the airline has spent the past 100 days implementing its plan.

Saline and other nutrient solutions are are given to dehydrated flu patients through IV bags, but this year, there is a shortage of those much-needed supplies.

Both Mercy Health and Akron Children's Hospital said they have a shortage of IV products produced by Baxter International Inc., a global health care product company, whose manufacturing plants lost power in the Caribbean island. In December, the Globe reported the number of flu cases has quadrupled from a year ago, and the Joplin area's total doubled. "People are doing things to preserve their supply". As UNC Health Care has expanded to 13 hospitals across the state, sharing information and resources across a larger system has helped us with various strategies that benefit a bigger population of patients.

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