Alert: Critical IV fluid shortages update

December 11, 2017  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

Shortages of intravenous (IV) solutions and medications continue as a result of the impact of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.  

IV Mini Bags (25, 50 and 100 mL) have been most affected (both 0.9% NS and D5% in water), but all IV solutions have become vulnerable to shortages. Continued diligence in conservation of all fluids remains a priority. Alternative options for medication delivery have been put into place, to maximize supplies with the least impact to clinicians and their workload.

While efforts to restore manufacturing and supply levels to pre-hurricane levels are being implemented, we expect this shortage to last well into spring of 2018.

Michigan Medicine continues to monitor these and other expected shortages closely.  For any questions, contact Sue Friebe at sfriebe@med.umich.edu; Janine Lee at jmamatan@med.umich.edu; or Katie Barwig at kcoldren@med.umich.edu

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