The North Carolina Health Department says there is a nation-wide shortage of IV fluid, due to high demand during the flu season. Officials say 44 people in the state have died from influenza this year.
Hospitals use IV fluid bags for practically everyone who walks into the facility needing medical attention. Piedmont Medical Center in Rock Hill says it uses about 144 bags a day.
The state’s Health Department says the shortage is a matter of not enough supply and too much demand. The handfuls of IV fluid manufacturers are upping their production to meet the need. The North Carolina Health Department says, the supply should catch up with demand by April or June.
They say half of the hospitals in North Carolina are implementing conservation measures to not run out. Piedmont Medical Center’s Director of Pharmacy says, the hospital is ahead of the curve.
The Mecklenburg County Health Department says, there is not a shortage of the flu shot and encourages anyone who has not received the shot to get it.