APS Crews To Restore Power In Puerto Rico

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Since Irma and Maria struck Puerto Rico, the Red Cross has served more than 8.5 million (8,501,900) meals and snacks, distributed more than 3.5 million (3,555,200) relief supplies, and provided more than 31,200 mental health and health services to people in need.

Steward Health Care, which operates Trumbull Regional Medical Center, Northside Regional Medical Center and Sharon Regional Medical Center and Hillside Rehabilitation Hospital in Howland, said it has "never had this national shortage affect any aspect of patient care here locally".

The group will be stationed in the western part of Puerto Rico.

A saline-solution shortage worsened by Hurricane Maria has hospitals anxious, even as staff turn to creative solutions such as breaking out the Gatorade.

"APS is really excited and very proud to be able to help and of course we are very excited to get the power back on to the citizens of Puerto Rico", Degraw said.

Patel said a team at Duke met to discuss the shortage.and to devise a solution.

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The hospital has developed a program to conserve saline supplies, which includes protocols like regularly evaluating patients to ensure IV treatments are necessary and switching patients to oral medication whenever possible.

Thompson said Freeman does the same and, like other hospitals across the country, has been more careful to use IV fluids only when necessary.

Nurses may "push" drugs and fluids manually instead of delivering them in saline bags, which can be left to do the work on their own, the ER doctors all said.

"It's slightly earlier than what we normally see, but in the past few years we've had late seasons". A request for similar information to Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg was not returned.

Both Mercy Health and Akron Children's Hospital said they have a shortage of IV products produced by Baxter International Inc., a global health care product company, whose manufacturing plants lost power in the Caribbean island.

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