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Protect your supply chain: Don't hoard, just order what you need

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September 6, 2020

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

As the COVID-19 surge continues through its second wave and collides with influenza season as well as hurricanes, wildfires, or whatever natural disasters the year still has in store, supply experts have a big request: Only order what your facility needs.

It’s true that at the start of the coronavirus pandemic earlier this year, personal protective equipment (PPE) such as masks and gowns, as well as ventilators and many medications connected to using ventilators and treating COVID-19 symptoms, were in short supply.

But the supply chain has regained its balance, says Nicolette A. Louissaint, PhD, executive director of Healthcare Ready, a nonprofit formed after Hurricane Katrina to strengthen public- and private-sector access to medications and other healthcare supplies.

As the COVID-19 surge continues through its second wave and collides with influenza season as well as hurricanes, wildfires, or whatever natural disasters the year still has in store, supply experts have a big request: Only order what your facility needs.



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