The COVID-19 pandemic has created an urgent need for medical supplies. Especially when the pandemic was just beginning, items such as gloves, masks, and gowns were very hard to come by.
Luckily, as time has gone by, some companies have devised solutions that ensure hospitals an adequate supply of all necessary materials. On such program is Novaplus Enhanced Supply. Vizient can access the Novaplus Enhanced Supply program and ensure that your healthcare system never runs out of any necessary materials.
In this article, we will examine the current issue that hospital systems are facing and demonstrate how the Novaplus Enhanced Supply Program can help.
The Consequences of the Pandemic
When the coronavirus first started making headlines, most people assumed the virus would be contained and that we would all be able to continue to live our lives as normal. Then, the virus spread to every corner of the earth, and many people became very ill. As a result, most governments around the world elected to institute a lockdown (to varying degrees).
Now, multiple years after the pandemic began, we are just starting to return to a sense of normalcy.
There were many direct and indirect consequences of the pandemic. But perhaps one of the most profound was the effect the disease had on healthcare workers. As crazy as it may sound, hospitals had a tough time keeping enough gloves, gowns, syringes, and masks in stock for their workers. In many cases, doctors had to reuse masks or come up with other less than ideal solutions to the issue we all faced.
The Complex Global Supply Chain
The reason for this lack of personal protective equipment had to do largely with the supply chain. Much of the PPE we use in hospitals come from faraway areas and even other countries. Obviously, with the many strict government restrictions that were in place in an effort to stop the spread of the virus, we weren’t able to import or export many items.
Fortunately, there were some groups such as Vizient, who work with programs like the Novaplus Enhanced Supply Program. This partnership enables healthcare workers to get what they need, when they need it.
Looking to the Future
Hopefully we won’t have to deal with a situation like the COVID-19 pandemic ever again. That being said, no one can predict the future with any degree of certainty. We have no idea what problems might await us years from now.
For this reason, it is always best to be prepared. If another disease or a natural disaster occurs, our hospitals need to be prepared with every piece of equipment they could ever need. Our doctors and nurses shouldn’t be forced to reuse equipment and scramble to treat patients with inferior tools.
By investing in a partnership with Vizient, and the Novaplus Enhanced Supply System by extension, all healthcare systems can rest easy. While we may still face difficult times in the future, we will have prepared to the best of our ability.