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Fire EMS: IV Fluid Shortage: EMS Can Help

By Mike McEvoy The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) released an urgent call to action on March 20, 2014 describing immediate actions healthcare providers, hospitals, and EMS services can take to alleviate the current acute shortage of large volume intravenous solutions.  No doubt, your department has experience shortages of 1000 mL bags of fluids. If not, you will. The ASHP predicts this national shortage will continue until May or June 2014.  Read the letter from the ASHP to learn what you and your department can and should be doing to help patients nationwide. MIKE McEVOY, PhD, NRP, RN, CCRN is the EMS Coordinator for Saratoga County, New York, and the Fir...

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