As long-term care providers such as nursing homes continue to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, many are taking extra precautions and scaling up their efforts with PPE and medical supplies beyond basic requirements.
According to Technavio, an incremental growth of $ 28.67 billion is expected in the personal protective equipment (PPE) market over the period 2020-2024. However, some PPE manufacturers are seeing a downward trend in sales in certain sectors such as the hospitality industry.
Personally, I have seen an increase in orders across the board with customers from various industries delaying PPE and medical supplies for continued recovery in Delta variant cases, as well as what many are predicting as a season. of deadly fall flu.
Supply chain issues have proven to be difficult as wholesale suppliers are unable to cope with the immediate increase in demand. The Food and Drug Administration has reported various cases of a shortage of PPE as well as COVID-19 tests and ventilators. At the end of June, surgical masks, respirators, hospital gowns and examination gloves were reported as medical devices in short supply.
While we are not yet in the midst of a medical supply crisis like the one seen in spring 2020, it would be wise to over-prepare and over-deliver as the Delta variant continues to pose a threat.
Our team is taking steps to improve our distribution strategy by spreading our inventory across multiple distribution centers, as well as diversifying the factories and manufacturers we use to avoid stockouts.
Long-term care facilities should also strive to diversify their provider network to avoid supply shortages.
We first expanded into the South East region to complement our North East and Mid Atlantic distribution centers and to support our rapidly growing customer base. In addition, we will test several distribution technologies to better catalog and track items, which will allow better tracking of stocks and stocks.
As fall approaches, we don’t know which direction COVID will take. Looking at supply chain issues across all areas, more effort should be made to diversify suppliers and create above normal baselines to reorganize all items, including non-PPE items, and a process long-term back order control.
Michael Einhorn is the CEO of Treaty.
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