Politics and Puerto Rico

Christopher Peak

Blumenthal, Murphy Fight For Puerto Rico

The shortage comes after Hurricane Maria cut power to a manufacturing plant in Puerto Rico.

A national wide IV bag shortage has hospitals in the St. Louis area keeping a close eye on whether or not the shortage will affect some pharmaceuticals.

Puerto Rican government officials said they hope to have power restored to the rest of the island by the end of Spring. They will be joining hundreds of other workers sent to the island to help people in desperate need of electricity.

Within the hospital, Dowd said, staffers are managing IV fluid inventory by making sure heavily used products are "stocked as much as possible" in higher-use locations. And Junta for Progressive Action met with almost 300 families, setting them up in local hotels and offering winter clothes and gift cards, said Alicia Caraballo, the executive director. Richard Blumenthal said Thursday on the Senate floor, a day after returning from a two-day fact-finding trip to the USA territory with fellow Democratic Sen.

That was a common theme throughout the state, as health officials said they've been able to cope with the shortage without compromising care.

FPL is working with the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, FEMA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and other electric company contractors on the island.

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"The hurricane has highlighted the lack of investment in infrastructure over the last decade or so as a result of the island's financial problems", Edgar said. He explained companies willing to produce these vital products for those who do buy them, have found the most cost-effective place to make them is Puerto Rico.

They contain saline and nutrient solutions.

"Most people start out thinking their move will be temporary", said Mary Waters, a professor of sociology at Harvard, in an article for news website Vox. That's changed the way the hospital administers drugs in some cases in order to "conserve whatever bags we can get", Auger said.

She had a few friends in the United States.

Other hospitals also are taking a cautiously optimistic view of the situation.

BJC HealthCare has been centrally monitoring and internally managing the shortage since the plants shut down, and we have optimized our inventory over the past several months.

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