Photo courtesy of Knox Community Hospital IV bags, like the one pictured here, are in short supply around the country thanks to devastation from a hurricane in Puerto Rico this past fall.

Photo courtesy of Knox Community Hospital

IV bags, like the one pictured here, are in short supply around the country thanks to devastation from a hurricane in Puerto Rico this past fall.

 

MOUNT VERNON — Hurricane Maria brought devastation to Puerto Rico and Dominica when it made landfall on Sept. 20, 2017. Three months on, Mount Vernon is experiencing the effects of the hurricane through a shortage of intravenous fluid bags at Knox Community Hospital.

Hurricane Maria made direct landfall on the island of Puerto Rico over 100 days ago, and currently 50 percent of the island is still without power.

Puerto Rico produces about $40 billion worth of pharmaceuticals for the United States market, according to the Food and Drug Administration; more than any other U.S. state or territory. It accounts for 10 percent of all of the drugs consumed by Americans.

Director of Pharmacy at KCH, Robbi Jo Mitchell-Enderle, is doing her best to stay positive amidst the IV fluid shortage.

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