Public Health Emergency - Leading a Nation Prepared
Author: Laura Kwinn Wolf, Ph.D., Director, ASPR Division of Critical Infrastructure Protection and Michael Eltringham, Stakeholder Engagement Analyst, ASPR Critical Infrastructure Protection Program Contract Support
Published Date: 1/25/2019 11:59:00 AM
Category: Public Health Preparedness; Exercises & Trainings;
Blog Series: Anticipating and Managing the Challenges Associated with Supply Shortages
According to FDA, there are currently 109 drugs in shortage in the U.S. Supply shortages threaten patient health even in the best circumstances, but their number and impact can be exacerbated by a prolonged disaster response. With so many shortages, one is likely to impact your hospital or healthcare facility at some point. By planning to cope with the impacts of a supply shortage, your hospital or healthcare facility will be better prepared to continue providing patient care when one occurs.
Make sure your facility has a plan in place that is tailored to meet the needs of different kinds of shortages, as supply shortages often call for specialized practices and procedures. What is the protocol when your inventory is depleted? Do you know your federal, state, and local government contacts? How do you manage an influx of patients?
Here are four ways you can plan to protect patient health before a critical supply shortage threatens your facility:
Many shortages can create situations in which hospital staff are faced with unique problems and challenges. By ensuring that your facility has clear plans and protocols in place to deal with supply shortages, you increase the likelihood that your staff will be able to manage the situation effectively, allocate resources appropriately, and get supplies to people who need them most.
The Anticipating and Managing the Challenges Associated with Supply Shortages blog series is designed to highlight actions that healthcare organizations can take to protect patient health in the event of a supply shortage. The next post in this series will look at recommendations and resources for handling impacts to your staff caused by a supply shortage. To stay up to date as new blog posts are published, follow us on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn.
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