Chief Healthcare Executive November 22, 2021
Ron Southwick

Healthcare organizations have scrambled to find items such as crutches and syringes. Managers must work smarter to get what their hospitals need.

When hospitals are asking the public to donate crutches, it’s clear there are problems with the supply chain.

Last month, the Utah Hospital Association, Intermountain Health and other healthcare organizations made a request for crutches, canes, walkers and wheelchairs. They received thousands of donations. Hospitals in Georgia and West Virginia have sought donations of crutches and other items.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare organizations have battled supply issues. Early in the pandemic, some hospitals scrambled to obtain personal protective equipment, including masks.

Kaufman Hall, the healthcare consulting company, surveyed hospital leaders in October and found 99% said they...

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