CDC funds Vanderbilt analysis of US PPE trends

The CDC is funding research from Vanderbilt analyzing daily hospital personal protective equipment on-hand inventory to measure trends, patterns or statistically significant changes in supply in hospitals across the nation, according to a Nov. 17 press release.

"We’re conducting data analysis on a medical organization’s average consumption rates to figure out if they have enough PPE and other essential items to provide for their teams," Kelly Aldrich, DNP, lead researcher and associate professor of nursing informatics, said in the release. 

The project is a follow up to a 2020 project Dr. Aldrich led with the Center for Medical Interoperability and the National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory, which connected 78 hospitals in nine federal Health and Human Services’ regions. 

The project will support the CDC’s National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory, dedicated to generating new knowledge in occupational safety and health.

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