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National shortage on IV fluids

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MADISON (WKOW) --- The FDA says there is a shortage on IV fluid nationwide.

A viewer last week asked us about the shortage and we found on Wednesday the FDA posted in their drug shortages list saline injections were low.

We reached out to Mercy Health Systems in Janesville, Meriter, and St. Marys.

Below is a statement from Barb Bortner of Mercy Health regarding IV solution shortages:

"Currently, hospitals nationwide are experiencing a shortage of IV saline and lactated ringers solutions. This has not effected patient care at Mercy Health System. We are monitoring the situation and have plans in place if the need arises."

Meriter Hospital and St. Mary's also said they too were not having any shortage locally in their hospitals.

The FDA is working with the manufacturers of these products to preserve the supply.

Millions of I.V. fluid bags are used weekly nationwide by healthcare facilities.

We will continue to monitor the local supplies.

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