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COVID-19 surge leaves hospitals facing major supply shortages, from trash cans to vital medical equipment
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Hospitals nationwide – currently grappling with a surge of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations brought on by the delta variant of the virus – are facing another shortage of supplies.
This time it's anything from trash cans to machines that monitor a patient's vital signs and even the poles that hold IV lines, according to Cindy Juhas, chief strategy officer of CME Corp.
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CME is one of America's largest equipment-focused national medical distributors in the U.S., offering more than 2 million products from more than 2,000 manufacturers.
Over the past year, some hospitals were able to re-stock on personal protective equipment and other critical supplies to fight the pandemic, according to Juhas.
"Now, what we are seeing are more and more hospitals and medical centers putting up new, temporary facilities due to the delta surge," she said. "The need for medical equipment to operate the facilities is fueling delays and shortages in the supply chain."