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Sodium bicarbonate shortage puts surgeries on hold

from Modern Healthcare

The country's only two suppliers of a widely used drug have nearly run out of their stock that most homes have in their kitchen cabinet — baking soda. 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. more

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