The State of PPE — in Idaho and Beyond [JULY, 2020]

As we approach month five of COVID-19’s spread throughout the U.S., cases of the novel coronavirus are rapidly increasing at hotspots around the nation — and personal protective equipment (PPE) continues to be a valuable resource for healthcare workers (and others) on the front lines of the pandemic. 

SMH Health is continuing to import PPE and other crucial medical supplies into the United States. We are seeing a number of trends that we’d like to share with our communities and clients as they make important purchasing decisions about PPE — whether that entails what, how, and where to buy. Here are our latest updates.

A Shortage of PPE Throughout the U.S. — Again

According to hospitals across the U.S., many are currently unable to get enough personal protective equipment for their healthcare workers, particularly masks, gowns, and gloves. This shortage means medical professionals in several states are reusing (officially known as “reprocessing”) equipment in order to shore up supplies.

Read more:

Grave Shortages of Protective Gear Flare Again as Covid Cases Surge
Nurses Reportedly Reusing N95 Masks for Weeks at a Time
Hospitals Struggle with PPE Shortages Amid New COVID-19 Surges

Colleges, Businesses Developing Decontamination Methods for Single-Use-PPE

In answer to the severe shortage of personal protective equipment mentioned above, researchers are developing decontamination methods for single-use items in order to recycle and reuse PPE.

Read more:

NASA, University Hospitals Develop New Decontamination Methods for PPE
U of A Researchers Explore Ways to Clean Single-Use PPE for Reuse
Study: Dry Heat and Microwave Generated Steam Protocols for Rapid Decontamination of PPE

PPE Vending Machines on the Rise

To supply COVID-fighting items to citizens in high-traffic areas, transportation hubs like airports and metro stations around the nation are deploying PPE vending machines. In addition to subways and concourses, these vending machines are also being installed at universities, hotels, hospitals, residential buildings, and other central locations in cities across the U.S.

Read more:

MTA Rolls out PPE Vending Machines Across Select City Subway Stations
GSP Installs Two New PPE Vending Machines
UMKC Installs PPE Vending Machines Ahead of Fall Semester

Stay tuned to our blog, where we will continue to share relevant news and updates regarding the state of PPE in Idaho and throughout the nation.