Saline protocols developed to cope with shortage

06/24/2014 | National Public Radio

A shortage of saline solution in the U.S. has driven hospitals to establish protocols to conserve supplies such as using smaller bags and encouraging patients to start drinking water earlier than usual. Manufacturers have run into production problems for the highly regulated product, while severe weather also created bottlenecks, experts say. The FDA is importing saline products to ease the supply crunch.

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