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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.

Texas Health Resources, which operates Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton, did not return calls for comment.

Akron Children's Hospital has a shortage of IV saline bags manufactured by Baxter.

"It's slightly earlier than what we normally see, but in the past few years we've had late seasons".

"There has been a surge, over the past couple of weeks in the number of patients that we've been seeing with the flu", agreed Dr. Eitan Dickman, vice chair of emergency medicine at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn.

"As a result, our patients have continued to receive all medications without interruption, and Covenant Health has not experienced any cost increase", he said.

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To help support the US market facing short supply of products, Baxter worked with the FDA to import certain products, including small-volume parenterals, from Baxter facilities in Ireland, Australia, Canada, Mexico, England and Italy. "They get a lot of questions on a daily basis".

Russell Mariott, vice president for marketing and development for Tennova Healthcare, said they are "taking all actions to ensure safe patient care".

The potential for a high demand of IV supplies still exists. As Puerto Rico's power grid is restored, Baxter International factories, which make the nutrient solutions and saline bags, was reconnected before Christmas.

On the positive side: Hospitals may find ways to permanently reduce use of saline bags. "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.

"This is nothing new for us", Thompson said.

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