Hospitals and care centers across the U.S. count on important pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE) and other supplies for staff to help keep themselves and patients safe and protected. But how does it ultimately end up in the hands of those who need it–especially as questions about access and availability still exist?
See hard-working team members from Sutter Health’s Supply Chain in action at their warehouse in Sacramento, and during deliveries to California Pacific Medical Center Van Ness Campus in San Francisco, Mills-Peninsula Medical Center in Burlingame and Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento.
Overall PPE demand has risen since Sutter’s launch of universal masking to help prevent viral spread, as well as our support other medical clinics in the community—sharing much-needed supplies when possible.
Sutter Health has evaluated more than 550 new suppliers of PPE during the last month. Due to the diligent and focused efforts of Sutter’s supply chain team, the integrated healthcare network has had some successes in the past few weeks, including:
- Purchasing an additional 245,000 N95s above our standard delivery levels
- Ordering 14 million surgical and procedure masks
- Obtaining 2 million-plus isolation gowns
- Coordinating with a linen vendor to secure 12,000 reusable gowns
- Ordering more than 300,000 face shields