IV shortage hits clinics nationwide

(KALB) Since January, the Journal of the American Medical Association has reported a nationwide shortage of intravenous solutions, used to treat an array of medical conditions.

Like many other healthcare facilities across the U.S., Country Clinic in Simmesport, Louisiana hasn’t been able to get the IV solutions they need to treat patients.

Dr. Steve Kuplesky and his wife Rose, a registered nurse and BSN, run the clinic, and they’re pushing for a quick solution to the shortage.

The Kupleskys say their patients are often low-income or uninsured, as well as isolated.

“If they don’t get it from us,” says Dr. Kuplesky, “they’re not likely to go to a hospital or ER.”

“We’re 30 miles from any hospital in our radius,” adds Rose, “and Dr. Kuplesky is the only physician in this area.”

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