Enfield Independent: London hospitals launched website to help donate urgent supplies to Ukraine

Enfield Independent: London hospitals launched website to help donate urgent supplies to Ukraine. “People are being invited to visit the new website and purchase items that will then be packaged and dispatched to the war-torn country. Medical supplies needed in Ukraine include ventilators, crutches, walking frames, respiratory masks, scrubs, bandages and wound kits.”

Aspirus: Post-acute care needs ‘significantly rising’ during COVID-19 pandemic (Tomahawk Leader)

Tomahawk Leader: Aspirus: Post-acute care needs ‘significantly rising’ during COVID-19 pandemic. “The Aspirus Home Medical Equipment (AHME) team has seen a ‘steep increase’ in patients requiring home oxygen therapy, according to the release. Aspirus said AHME averaged about 20 new oxygen patients per month before the COVID-19 pandemic. That number rose to around 40 new oxygen patients per month early in the pandemic and spiked to 172 new oxygen patients in Jan. 2022.”

CNBC: Walgreens limits at-home Covid tests to four per customer due to demand surge amid omicron fears

CNBC: Walgreens limits at-home Covid tests to four per customer due to demand surge amid omicron fears. “Walgreens on Tuesday limited purchases of at-home Covid tests in its stores to four per customer as demand for tests surges ahead of the holidays and as the omicron variant spreads throughout the U.S.” Note to history: tests started selling out over the weekend and this is completely pointless.

Baltimore Sun: Maryland audit follows up on flaws in COVID-19 procurements, finds ‘lack of compliance’ and ‘ineffective monitoring’

Baltimore Sun: Maryland audit follows up on flaws in COVID-19 procurements, finds ‘lack of compliance’ and ‘ineffective monitoring’. “A review of emergency procurements for supplies in Maryland during the COVID-19 pandemic found ‘a lack of compliance’ in general with state regulations and ‘ineffective monitoring’ of payments, according to a report released Thursday by the Maryland Office of Legislative Audits.”

Special Report: U.S. rushed contracts to COVID-19 suppliers with troubled plants (Reuters)

Reuters: Special Report: U.S. rushed contracts to COVID-19 suppliers with troubled plants. “In all, less than 20% of the companies awarded fast-track contracts examined by Reuters were experienced manufacturers with a clean FDA record for their U.S. plants in the two years prior. Four of every five either had no U.S. manufacturing experience, poor domestic inspection results or serious recalls before their COVID contract awards, Reuters found.”

Tampa Bay Times: Tampa Bay Water asks users to cut back as COVID-19 saps oxygen supplies

Tampa Bay Times: Tampa Bay Water asks users to cut back as COVID-19 saps oxygen supplies. “Efforts to keep the sickest COVID-19 patients breathing are draining resources across the state and in Tampa Bay — creating competition between hospitals and municipal water systems for crucial supplies of liquid oxygen. For hospitals, oxygen is easier to store as a liquid in the large volumes they now require for COVID-19 patients. For many municipal water systems, liquid oxygen is a key component in water purification.”

Orlando urges reduced water usage; liquid oxygen used to treat water is needed for COVID patients (Orlando Sentinel)

Orlando Sentinel: Orlando urges reduced water usage; liquid oxygen used to treat water is needed for COVID patients. “The city of Orlando and its water utility on Friday appealed to residents to cut back sharply on water usage for at least several weeks because of a pandemic-triggered shortage of liquid oxygen used to treat water. Orlando Utilities Commission consumes 10 tankers of liquid oxygen each week to remove odor and color from water. A sharp increase in the usage of liquid oxygen by hospitals in treating COVID-19 patients has resulted in short supplies for other uses.”

Core 77: A Look at Face Mask Dispensers

Core 77: A Look at Face Mask Dispensers. “Many who regularly wear facemasks have opted for permanent cloth ones, rather than the disposable kind. Healthcare professionals have no such option, so hospitals are stocked with disposable facemasks (when they’re in stock). That means facemask dispensers are needed A perusal of medical supply websites shows that these have received a minimum of design attention, and their doesn’t appear to be any standard (nor standout) design.”

Bloomberg Law: Florida’s Oxygen Woes Cue Coming Wave of Covid Supply Shortages

Bloomberg Law: Florida’s Oxygen Woes Cue Coming Wave of Covid Supply Shortages. “Health centers in the state are grappling with shortages of drivers who can transport oxygen, a critical resource for hospitalized Covid-19 patients, and restrictions on how long they can be on the road. Industry professionals expect similar obstacles to expand around the U.S. for other essential supplies.”

CNN: Drones could help fight coronavirus by air-dropping medical supplies

CNN: Drones could help fight coronavirus by air-dropping medical supplies. “These are dangerous times for people with chronic health conditions. They often need to visit hospitals for treatment or to collect medication, but during the pandemic that means increased risk of exposure to coronavirus. In Africa, a US startup says it is reducing that risk by using drones to deliver medical supplies to local clinics, and freeing up hospital beds in the process.”

The Verge: Self-flying drones are helping speed deliveries of COVID-19 vaccines in Ghana

The Verge: Self-flying drones are helping speed deliveries of COVID-19 vaccines in Ghana. “The threat of COVID-19 has prompted many countries to draft new and emerging technologies to fight the pandemic, with the latest example taking flight in Ghana. This month, COVID-19 vaccines were delivered by drone for the first time in the West African nation, allowing the medicine to reach remote areas underserved by traditional logistics.”

SF Gate: The upcoming nitrile glove shortage could be way worse than the mask shortage

SF Gate: The upcoming nitrile glove shortage could be way worse than the mask shortage. “In the face of the Covid-19 pandemic, a nitrile glove shortage may not seem as dire as a mask shortage. After all, no virus can ‘drill through the skin on your hand,’ and masks are still the best safety precaution for most people. However, these gloves are still a necessity for medical professionals, tattoo artists, food servers, and mechanics. Plus, they have various at-home uses including gardening, cleaning, and safety precautions for the immunocompromised. Right now, our supplies are dwindling — and the United States currently has no domestic manufacturers.”

AP: US medical supply chains failed, and COVID deaths followed

AP: US medical supply chains failed, and COVID deaths followed. “The Associated Press and ‘FRONTLINE’ launched a seven-month investigation — filing Freedom of Information Act requests, testing medical masks, interviewing dozens of experts from hard-hit hospitals to the White House — to understand what was behind these critical shortages. Medical supply chains that span oceans and continents are the fragile lifelines between raw materials and manufacturers overseas, and health care workers on COVID-19 front lines in the U.S. As link after link broke, the system fell apart.”

ProPublica: A Company Run by a White House “Volunteer” With No Experience in Medical Supplies Got $2.4 Million From the Feds for Medical Supplies

ProPublica: A Company Run by a White House “Volunteer” With No Experience in Medical Supplies Got $2.4 Million From the Feds for Medical Supplies . “A $2.4 million deal to supply the Bureau of Prisons with surgical gowns was the second multimillion dollar contract for coronavirus supplies that went to somebody who did work for the White House but had little relevant experience.”

Chicago Sun-Times: Illinois adjusts on the fly to meet medical supply needs in a coronavirus ‘Wild West’

Chicago Sun-Times: Illinois adjusts on the fly to meet medical supply needs in a coronavirus ‘Wild West’. “About two weeks ago, Illinois officials tracked down a supply of 1.5 million potentially life-saving N95 respirator masks in China through a middleman in the Chicago area and negotiated a deal to buy them. One day before they were expecting to complete the purchase, they got a call in the morning from the supplier informing them he had to get a check to the bank by 2 p.m. that day, or the deal was off. Other bidders had surfaced.”