Saline shortage has hospitals scrambling as flu hits

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NBC News—You know it’s bad when they break out the Gatorade. Hospitals are scrambling to cope with a shortage of saline just as flu season threatens to flood ERs.

IV bag shortages have hospitals scrambling to treat flu. KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- As more people are being infected with the flu, hospitals across the nation are scrambling to secure supplies of fluids and medicine used to treat patients intravenously. The IV bag shortage has caused headaches for administrators at the University of Kansas Hospital. "A lot of people don’t really understand what goes on behind the scenes," said Lester McRae, the hospital's pharmacy purchasing coordinator. "We have a purchasing staff, we have a whole team of...