Premier Inc. survey: more than two-thirds of senior living facilities say they can’t access personal protective equipment needed for COVID-19 containment plans

A recent survey performed by Premier reports that more than two-thirds of senior living facilities in the United States cannot obtain the necessary N95 masks, face shields and other personal protective equipment needed for COVID-19 containment plans. 

Editor's note: This publication originally appeared on Premier's website

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (March 16, 2020) — Premier Inc. (NASDAQ: PINC), a leading healthcare improvement company, today released survey results finding that more than two-thirds of senior living facilities in the United States cannot obtain the necessary N95 masks, face shields and other personal protective equipment (PPE) that may be needed to care for current or suspected cases of COVID-19.

Healthcare distributors have placed more than 700 unique PPE stock-keeping units (SKUs) on allocation due to COVID-19. Allocation is a process that restricts ordering when demand for a particular product spikes. Allocations are typically set to match the customer’s historic purchase volume in order to protect the supply chain and prevent unnecessary hoarding. A downside of allocation is that, while well intentioned, it may limit healthcare providers in the amounts they can buy, even if they have legitimate reasons for larger orders.

In most hospitals’ and health systems’ facilities, PPE orders are common, as these goods are required to perform a range of activities, including surgeries, ICU care and infection prevention. Continue here>> 

 

 

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