The spread of the novel coronavirus has upended lives of people around the world. It has shown us how unpreparedness stretches across different level including public, government and corporates. This is a high time when companies around the globe are looking for quick and easy ways to sail through this hard time and have formulated incident response teams internally.
We joined hands with few global companies involved into providing essential and medical services fighting the pandemic and developed few easy to use tools to assist during this pandemic.
The importance of PPE management in the COVID-19 Era
When the pandemic struck initially in early 2020, hospitals did not realize there would be such a shortage of PPEs. But it did, due to panic buying amongst the general public and the exponential surge in COVID-19 cases that left many medical facilities unprepared, thus crippling their operations. The situation left many medical staff without protection which was worrisome as COVID-19 spread through respiratory droplets that can be easily passed on from one person to another. Frontline health workers who are at the forefront of providing medical help were exposed to the deadly virus which left them vulnerable. The demand for PPEs kept increasing and hospitals were left with not enough PPE including masks and shields due to the lack of a proper PPE stock management.
To add to this, cases of PPE theft from hospitals made headlines shining the spotlight on the poor management of hospitals and medical centers, citing how easy it is to get access to such precious life-saving equipment. Today, PPEs are in as much demand as before because COVID-19 cases are still increasing at an alarming rate across the US and the rest of the world. Frontline health workers work day in and day out to serve and ensure every patient is tended to. But without PPEs, it puts them at a much higher risk of contracting the infection themselves. This is why proper inventory management is necessary at every medical facility to ensure they can do their job without fear.
Supply needs to meet demand in hospitals and medical facilities, as frontline workers continue to work hard to assist as many people as possible. COVID-19 has brought to the fore what hospitals were lacking - proper management systems. The solution to ensuring proper visibility of PPE stock levels is to have a powerful inventory management system in place. Medical staff should be given the confidence and reassurance that they are in a safe and secure environment that cares for them. A proper personal protective equipment inventory and monitoring system can go a long way in achieving such a work environment. Taking the right step today can ensure a safer and better tomorrow.