Fire destroys 75 days' worth of PPE at New York hospital

ECMC Hospital in Buffalo, N.Y., has two weeks of personal protective equipment on hand after a 75-day supply was destroyed in a fire July 20, WGRZ, a Buffalo-based NBC affiliate, reported. 

Peter Cutler, vice president of communications and external affairs at the hospital, told WGRZ that the hospital expects to be able to restock quickly, adding: "Had this happened a year ago, it would be a much different story." 

As soon as ECMC officials learned of the fire, the hospital's purchasing team began contacting vendors across the country and ordering PPE, Mr. Cutler told WGRZ

In September, New York state mandated all hospitals have a 90-day supply of PPE on hand. ECMC told the TV station that the state won't enforce the supply rule because the supply was destroyed in a fire. 

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