Rob Handfield Explains the Unpredictability of Hospital Supplies for the Spring
Many hospitals have been building their inventory of personal protective equipment (PPE) since the initial shortage of supplies at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, Rob Handfield, executive director of the Supply Chain Resource Cooperative and professor of operations and supply chain management, sees the unpredictability of many hospitals still relying on Asian manufacturers for the majority of their PPE supplies.
“Over the past several months, the federal Strategic National Stockpile has been purchasing billions of dollars of PPE to replenish depleted warehouses from earlier this year,” said Handfield. “They have loaded up on PPE and are sitting on it.”
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