Now hospitals treating fresh waves of coronavirus patients are facing new pressure on their stockpiles. Many hospitals have resumed procedures that had been halted for weeks, using up additional inventory of masks, gowns and gloves.
Premier Inc., a purchasing group for hospitals, said half of more than 1,000 hospitals surveyed through mid-June reported they couldn’t get enough N95 masks to resume postponed surgeries.
Many health facilities are still following federal guidelines to extend the lifespan of their masks. Workers in some hospitals are wearing a single mask for an entire shift instead of donning a new mask to treat each patient, standard practice in normal times.