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The supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) has been uncertain since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Months into this healthcare crisis, supply chains are unpredictable as reports of shortages continue. Follow these key strategies for managing PPE.
The supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) has been uncertain since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Months into this healthcare crisis, supply chains are unpredictable as reports of shortages continue. Follow these key strategies for managing PPE:
The first step in developing a strategy for providing PPE must start with assessing your current inventory and burn rate. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers a PPE Burn Rate Calculator that estimates how long your remaining supply of PPE will last based on your average consumption rate. The CDC offers a spreadsheet-based model as well as apps for Android and iOS.
Once hospitals have assessed their PPE supply chains, they should implement strategies to reduce the use of PPE without impacting the qualify of care delivered to patients. This often means finding unique ways to limit the number of staff who must don PPE and reducing the need to enter patient rooms unnecessarily.
In July, the CDC published a continuum of options on what to do when PPE supplies are stressed, running low, or absent. The guidance for PPE generally advises that, in crises, hospitals cancel all elective and non-urgent procedures that typically require PPE. Crisis protocols for specific types of PPE—specifically N95 respirators—call for strategies such as these:
If you are concerned about supplies of PPE in your area, several organizations can help you or your hospital source this important resource:
SCCM has provided donations of medication and PPE to hospitals hardest hit by COVID-19 outbreaks. These donations were made possible through a partnership with Direct Relief. Learn more about the supply donations SCCM has made possible.
Posted: 7/30/2020 | 0 comments
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