Sodium Bicarbonate Shortage Puts Surgeries on Hold Last Updated: May 30, 2017
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Modern Healthcare: Hospitals use the sterile form of baking soda—a sodium bicarbonate solution, which has baking soda as its base ingredient—in vital situations including heart surgery and other emergency events when a patient’s blood is too acidic, which can lead to coma and death if left unchecked. The supplier shortage has forced providers to delay surgeries and shift operations as they search for new manufacturers and treatment alternatives, healthcare experts said. “I can’t imagine, being a former pharmacy director, not having access to sodium bicarbonate,” said Chris Jones, director of pharmacy automation and technology for the group purchasing organization Premier. “There is no other substitute that can work as well and quickly as that can. It truly is a life-and-death kind of drug.”

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