Hospitals across the U.S. experiencing IV bag shortage, including Green Bay

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"Given the improvements we've seen over the last few weeks, I'm optimistic that supplies of IV saline and amino acids will increase over the next few weeks and the stress of the shortage will begin to abate, even if the shortages will not be fully resolved immediately". Superintendent Leslie Torres Rodriguez said at a news conference Wednesday she anticipates the unplanned expenses related to accommodating them will reach $1 million this year.

The company is preparing for the journey and has already started shipping trucks like these to Puerto Rico so the crew can hit the ground running when they arrive, no matter what they're doing.

The local group of employees will be working near Caguas, an area on the eastern part of Puerto Rico.

Deliveries of those have been most unpredictable, said David Chen, a pharmacy director with Promedica, which operates 13 hospitals in OH and MI.

A representative with Bellin Health said they have not been directly impacted by the IV bag shortage. It also gave Baxter permission to temporarily import sterile fluids from six overseas factories.

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"It stands to reason that the more patients you have, the more you will use", said Jeff Thompson, vice president of pharmacy services for Freeman Health System.

Hospitals have been substituting pills for IV-administered drugs when possible, changing dosing schedules or injecting drugs directly into a vein, what's called IV push.

"People all across the islands still face daily challenges to secure clean drinking water, segregate hazardous debris in their homes and neighborhoods and restore their quality of life".

The shortage has forced hospitals to use bigger, less convenient bags.