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With Saline in Short Supply, Hospitals Look for Alternatives



A widespread shortage of saline solution is forcing hospital pharmacists and healthcare clinicians to stretch existing supplies, find workarounds, and formulate substitutes.



3 comments on "With Saline in Short Supply, Hospitals Look for Alternatives"
Janet Mlinar (5/20/2014 at 1:32 AM)

I agree with making or at least storing large quantities of IV saline in hospital pharmacies. Along with reusing the same IV bag with the same patient. As long as sterile refills are applied. We have a growing population of people worldwide. Part of keeping up with this demand is having large quantities of what we know we will need at hand or at least having the capability of making or compounding medications as needed.
MB Rosenstiel, RN, DNP (5/16/2014 at 2:38 PM)

Seems to a clear move to increase the cost of a relatively inexpensive healthcare item to me. Perhaps it is time for pharmD's to compound in-house and use all the education they recieved. Might actually be less expensive and safer in the end!
David Morledge, PhD (5/16/2014 at 10:27 AM)

A broken system. Clearly we need a national security initiative related to basic healthcare supply systems, with requisite manufacturing in the U.S.