IV fluid shortages: Conservation efforts continue

October 13, 2017  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

Please be advised that Michigan Medicine is experiencing continuing shortages of intravenous (IV) solutions and medications as a result of the impact of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.  

Because this is a nationwide shortage, the organization is proactively focused on adopting conservation measures in an effort to optimize the current supply and identify alternative options to meet patient care needs.

Among the measures will be strategies to conserve the 0.9% NS and D5% in water IV fluid bags, as they are becoming more limited. This is primarily affecting IV piggyback (intermittent infusions) medications that use 50 mL and 100 mL dilutions (MiniBag and MiniBag Plus), however all IV solutions may be at risk. The organization will also be adapting medication delivery to help assist in the conservation of critical fluids.

Michigan Medicine will continue to monitor these and other expected shortages closely. This situation is expected to be ongoing, and continued efforts to conserve and protect current supply are necessary. In the meantime, please check with your supervisor or manager for more information on conservation measures that are applicable to your clinical area and what you can do to help.

Thanks in advance for your support and cooperation.