Sodium Bicarbonate Shortage

Sodium Bicarbonate Injection Critical Shortage

We have critically low supply and are close to running out!

What?  Sodium bicarbonate injection is in critical supply at all Methodist facilities.  Please use alternative agents where possible. 

When?  Effective immediately

Why?  Injectable sodium bicarbonate is used in a variety of settings including radiocontrast nephropathy prophylaxis and metabolic acidosis.  At this time, we are strongly encouraging all providers to utilize alternative therapy where possible due to the critical nature of the shortage.  This national shortage is due to increased demand as a result of one of the main suppliers of the product leaving the market.  The earliest resolution date of this shortage is currently April/May 2012, but the shortage may last longer.  

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