Thus, as more states continue to reopen and the coronavirus infection rate is quickly resurging, hospitals are ramping up their efforts to try and resolve this problem immediately. The urgency of this situation is also critical, as healthcare and public health officials have repeatedly warned of how a potential second wave of infections in the Fall may be worse than the initial, especially with the overlap of flu season.
A recent finding by Premier Inc., a healthcare improvement firm with a network of more than 4,000 hospitals, reports that as healthcare systems and states nationwide are ramping up their purchasing and collection of PPE, providers are finding that certain key products have significant back-orders, likely indicating increased demand or decreased supply of these products. Some of these back-ordered items include N95 masks, isolation gowns, surgical gowns, testing kits, and exam gloves.
Per an additional Premier report as of last week, a majority of hospitals surveyed indicated that they are equally focusing their efforts on stockpiling medications that will be essential to manage the upcoming surge of Covid-19 cases in the coming months. These include mainly sedatives, neuromuscular blockers, controlled substances, and medications used for intubation and life support emergencies.