• 10 health systems seeking supply chain talent

    Ten health systems have posted job listings for supply chain expertise in the last week:
  • Top 10 attributes to look for in an inventory services provider

    Stop spending thousands of dollars on products that go unused. See how the right inventory partner can prevent overstocking, spot hoarding and reduce the risk of expired products being used in patient care.
  • US may need to double COVID-19 testing capacity by late January, HHS says

    The U.S. may need to conduct 3 million to 5 million daily COVID-19 tests by late January or early February, double the current capacity, Politico reported Dec. 15.
  • Getinge recalls intra-aortic balloon pumps over fluid leaks

    Getinge is recalling 4,338 intra-aortic balloon pumps after discovering fluid leaks that can lead to unexpected shutdowns or the inability to initiate therapy, the FDA said Dec. 16.
  • Healthcare groups push for drug supply chain improvements

    Five healthcare associations outlined various recommendations to address the nation's pharmaceutical supply chain in a Dec. 16 report. 
  • CDC's early COVID-19 tests had design flaw, internal review shows

    COVID-19 testing kits the CDC developed in the pandemic's early weeks contained a design flaw that caused false positives, the agency concluded in a Dec. 15 analysis published in PLOS One.
  • Supply Chain Tip of the Week: Optimize your supply chain with data and forecasting

    As discussed at The Association for Health Care Resource & Materials Management (AHRMM) 21+ virtual conference on September 14-16th, gaps in technology or data can reinforce silos in healthcare supply chains.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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