• Distributor association seeks 'fast pass' prioritizing transport of medical supplies in US 

    The Health Industry Distributors Association, a trade association representing medical supply distributors, is calling for a 'fast pass' system to be implemented to speed medical supplies and devices through the U.S. transportation system, the trade group said Dec. 1.
  • Top supply chain breakthroughs to learn from in 2022

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    With supply chain leaders in the healthcare industry facing numerous challenges in 2021, it’s important to also highlight the successes from the past year as well.
  • 10 largest medical supply recalls of 2021

    Medical device recalls, whether voluntary or mandated by the FDA, ensure patient safety.
  • San Diego hospitals discuss delaying surgeries amid blood shortages

    Increased demand for blood amid ongoing supply shortages has some San Diego hospital officials worried that surgeries will need to be delayed because of a lack of available units, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported Dec. 13.
  • 4 quick tips to increase the health of your supply chain and decrease costs

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    As we approach the end of the year, many health systems will likely be looking for opportunities for any additional cost savings after facing financial headwinds throughout 2020.
  • Oxygen demand and supply during a COVID-19 surge

    As a rule, caregivers in the United States and most of the developed world take oxygen availability for granted. Oxygen orders are placed and the patient receives the requested amount. However, as seen during the pandemic surges and in times of extreme demand, the ability of a healthcare system to supply the ordered amount of oxygen may be stressed to the point of failure.
  • Proposed $70M Georgia plant to produce nitrile gloves

    A proposed $70 million, 200,000-square-foot plant in Sandersville, Ga., owned by Washington, D.C.-based Redstone Investments Group, would produce nitrile gloves, William Curtis, CEO of Redstone Investments, told Becker's in a Dec. 9 phone interview.
  • Supply shortages are disrupting care delivery, CentraCare physician says

    Pandemic-related supply chain challenges escalated in 2021, leaving many hospitals across the nation low on basic medical supplies amid the delta surge, Kaiser Health News reported Dec. 9. 
  • 9 health systems seeking supply chain talent 

    Nine health systems have posted job listings for supply chain expertise in the last week:
  • Healthcare Supply Chain Association names president and CEO

    The Healthcare Supply Chain Association named Todd Ebert permanent president and CEO of the organization effective Dec. 7.
  • Boston pharmacies struggle to meet demand for at-home COVID-19 tests

    As more customers in Boston seek at-home COVID-19 tests over concerns of the new omicron variant, pharmacies are struggling to keep up with the high demand, NBC10 Boston reported Dec. 6.
  • Nearly 500K portable bed rails recalled after 2 deaths

    The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Port Washington, N.Y.-based Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare announced the recall of 496,100 Bed Assist Handle and Bed Assist Rail adult portable bed rails Dec. 6. 
  • 6 COVID-19 test-makers whose products can detect omicron

    As the omicron variant spreads across the globe, diagnostic companies are racing to test the efficiency of current COVID-19 tests on the market in detecting the variant. 
  • 5 building blocks of supply chain excellence

    The past year’s challenges have shown the healthcare industry that there is always room for improvement within your supply chain strategies. Read the following building blocks of supply chain excellence from Paul Farnin, director of Supply Chain Solutions at Cardinal Health, to improve your own:
  • Michigan shooting activates nationwide emergency blood reserve 

    In response to the school shooting in Oxford Township, Mich., the Blood Emergency Readiness Corps is sending extra units of blood to the local blood center to assist the needs for eight victims who are still hospitalized, according to a Dec. 1 release.
  • 6 latest stories on blood shortages

    The American Red Cross reported record lows in the nation's blood supply and on Nov. 15 warned flu season could worsen shortages. Since then, facilities across the country have reported shortages and urged donors to come out.
  • 10 hospitals seeking supply chain talent

    Ten health systems have posted job listings for supply chain expertise in the last week:
  • Counterfeit masks still widely sold, experts say

    Companies making and selling unreliable masks made nearly $30 million in sales in October, The New York Times reported Nov. 30.
  • Supply chain issues to persist till next summer, Siemens chairman says

    Supply chain issues will likely persist through next summer, Jim Snabe, chairman of Munich, Germany-based Siemens and Copenhagen, Denmark-based Maersk, told CNBC Dec. 1. 
  • US regulators extend exemptions for truckers hauling COVID-19-related freight

    Hours of service exemptions for truckers carrying pandemic-related freight have been extended, a U.S. Transportation Department agency announced this week, citing the need to ensure capacity to respond to a potential rise in COVID-19 cases.
  • 6 fast facts on the current biomedical engineering workforce

    Biomedical engineers in Massachusetts make an average of $124,160 annually, making it the state with the highest wages for that workforce in the country, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. 
  • Female healthcare workers more likely to get headaches from PPE than male counterparts, study finds

    Female healthcare workers are more likely to get headaches from wearing personal protective equipment compared to male healthcare workers, a study published Nov. 13 in Brain and Behavior found.