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Dr. Bunch said that while Puerto Rico and suppliers of IV product are working to get back to full production, he's confident that the generators that are being used to keep up distribution will be enough to prevent an IV crisis. A request for similar information to Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg was not returned.

Tennova Healthcare, Fort Sanders Regional Hospital and the University of Tennessee Medical Center all told 10News they are making adjustments to deal with the shortage.

The worst part of the shortage deals with small saline bags.

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"We have seen an increase in the number of flu cases compared to previous year". Jerry Epps, senior vice president and chief medical officer at UT Medical Center, said in a statement. For instance, syringe supplies are running low because many patients are now getting injections instead of IV drips.

"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".

It's no secret flu season is in full-swing in the USA and for Wisconsin, experts said we're right on track with the rest of the country.

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But some also told us shortages on medical supplies year round is a problem that needs attention. The small bags deliver intravenous fluids and medications to patients.

A representative with Bellin Health said they have not been directly impacted by the IV bag shortage.

"We've done a lot of things to cut down on usage", Thompson said.

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The potential for a high demand of IV supplies still exists. "Nationally, everybody was doing the same thing, so as soon as we switched it from one product to the next, that quickly became a shortage in its own right", Britton added. Ohio Health System will evaluate its new practices to see which are cost-effective and should be kept, said pharmacy services heard Curt Passafume Jr.

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