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When Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico a year ago, the storm took out IV saline solution manufacturers, leaving hospitals around the country low on supplies.

In this Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, photo, nurse Ashley Good, left, administers an I.V. push of antibiotics to patient Alice McDonald at ProMedica Toledo Hospital in Toledo, Ohio.

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Allen Cunningham, the Clinical pharmacy manager for Covenant Medical Center, says that right now hospitals are working on managing and sometimes rationing their supplies, so they don't run out.

In the Danbury area, hospitals have felt a disruption in their supply of IV bags, but have so far been able to push through, said Andrea Rynn, a representative of the Western Connecticut Health Network, which includes Danbury and New Milford hospitals.

"No one wants to come out and make it sound like their hospital isn't safe", but problems will worsen if shortages don't ease soon, Pasko said.

Some hospital officials say the severity of shortages stabilized over the holidays, when elective surgeries and other services drop, but others say shortages are worsening. "With IV fluids I can't ever remember a time when we've had this critical nationwide shortage that we've had to do these conservation measures", said Pendelton. It also gave Baxter permission to temporarily import sterile fluids from six overseas factories.

Also speaking to the AP, Connie Sullivan of the National Home Infusion Association noted that her members have been forced to seek alternative methods of treating patients, though few options are available.

"It's just never been this bad before".

"We've been approaching this as a unified front and bale to effect changes to preserve our fluid situation very diligently, and we've had to make zero compromises to providing high quality patient care to our community", said Startsman. To date, he said the state's career-services agencies have helped more than 7,600 Puerto Ricans find jobs.