Local hospitals seeing IV shortage from Hurricane Maria

Mercy Health hospitals in the Youngstown area are substituting oral therapy and solutions to conserve IV use when possible

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Mercy Health says a nationwide shortage of IVs is affecting its hospitals in the Youngstown region.

Damage to Puerto Rico’s power grid caused by Hurricane Maria shut down manufacturing plants that make the IVs. Currently, production is limited, depending on whether there is power available.

Mercy Health said there are shortages for the following IVs:

  • Small volume IV solutions for normal saline and dextrose
  • Select types of large volume IV solutions
  • Parenteral nutrition solution products
  • Some types of irrigation solutions
  • Injectable pain medications

The local hospitals are doing weekly reviews of on-hand solutions and pain medications. Whenever possible, doctors are trying to substitute oral therapy and solutions to conserve IV use.

Mercy Health hospitals in the area are St. Elizabeth Youngstown, St. Elizabeth Boardman and St. Joseph Warren.


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