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 Fire Engineering EMS editor. He is a nurse clinician in the cardiac surgical ICU at Albany Medical Center in New York where he also co-chairs the hospital resuscitation committee.  Mike is a paramedic supervisor for Clifton Park & Halfmoon Ambulance and the chief medical officer for West Crescent Fire Department. He is an EMS Section Board Member for the International Association of Fire Chiefs and a popular speaker at Fire, EMS, and medical conference worldwide.

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