Researchers attribute the cause to a supply chain imbalance created by massive increases in global PPE demand, which drove up raw material prices. This, in turn, impacted the cost of finished goods and led providers to add on additional costs to their already strained margins.
The report is titled The State of PPE Supply One Year into COVID-19. "Alongside PPE conservation measures, ongoing stockpiling efforts and a greater visibility into inventory status, hospitals today are better equipped. But as COVID-19 variants circulate and U.S. vaccination efforts continue, ongoing demand spikes coupled with global manufacturing, labor and logistics issues could lead to almost any product slipping into shortage," James Ludwig, vice president of supply chain strategy at Premier Inc., told HCB News.