The blackout in Puerto Rico is hurting hospitals

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Democratic Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy visited the island last week to see the how recovery efforts are going since Hurricane Maria struck more than 100 days ago.

The shortage was at its worst before the holidays. "There are still a couple of items that are day to day", Couldry said.

Such instability in the power grid is an issue for most, if not all, of the companies down there as they try to ramp up production to previous levels.

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UVM also has worked with other hospitals within its regional network to share supplies and has relied on a nationwide group purchasing network called Vizient to help manage the shortage, said Charlie Miceli, chief supply chain officer.

Fountain says contrary to a lot of the backlash against the federal response, Puerto Ricans were thankful for the help they received, knowing logistics presented some problems. More on that in a moment.

One of the biggest manufacturers of intravenous bags is in Puerto Rico. It's tough to figure out whether Democrats are more concerned with making political hay or making America a better place to live and work.

"We all need to understand that there is a crisis brewing with this", Dr. Joseph Montella of Cooper University Hospital said.

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Increased demand, as is usually the case, increases prices.

Clark Memorial hopes to get the supply back up by February or March at the earliest.

Governor Charlie Baker says he is also working to give districts additional state funding, if needed.

McRae adds one shortage can often lead to other shortages as hospitals and clinics find workarounds.

IV bags hold the medicines and fluids administered by IV and now nurses and doctors are being forced to find other ways to care for their patients, reports CBS News' Michelle Miller.

"It's a matter of economics". We spoke to lineman Matthew Jenkins from Port St. Lucie who has worked for FPL for 36 years - he said it's an honor to go overseas to help people in need. "So when you have a product that has a very low price and it's only used in acute settings, from a manufacturing perspective, there's not very many units you can sell and the price is very low so manufacturers started exiting the low-volume price products. But, they're really critical for acute and procedural health care".

Basically, Couldry suggests manufacturers don't make enough money - or aren't interested in - doing business in cheap products that are only sold to hospitals, clinics and doctor's offices. The island produces $40 billion a year in pharmaceuticals for the United States.

Eric Shover, C.H. Robinson's vice president of the Americas, said his company has focused on sending cargo planes from Miami International Airport to San Juan Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport with critical supplies such as generators, hygienic kits, food, water, ice, cots and materials for building bathroom and shower facilities.

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