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Supply line for PPE remains a concern with emerging diseases

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April 12, 2020

by A.J. Plunkett (aplunkett@decisionhealth.com)
 

The primary struggle to contain COVID-19 initially was in China and other countries, but there are concerns about the United States’ ability to respond as the crisis grows here, especially with the availability of personal protective equipment (PPE).

While some hospitals may be struggling to keep pace with demand for the N95 surgical masks recommended for use with patients who’ve contracted infectious diseases such as COVID-19, the FDA says there is no major national shortage, notes Nicolette A. Louissaint, PhD, executive director of Healthcare Ready, a nonprofit formed after Hurricane Katrina that works to strengthen public- and private-sector healthcare supply chains.

Conserve the PPE you do have as much as you can, as recommended by the CDC. Don’t throw out expired PPE; it can still be used for training.



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