Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America position statement on pandemic preparedness for policymakers: Mitigating supply shortages

David Jay Weber, Anurag N. Malani, Erica S. Shenoy, David B. Banach, Lynne Jones Batshon, Westyn Branch-Elliman, Ghinwa Dumyati, Sarah Haessler, Vincent P. Hsu, Robin L.P. Jump, Trini A. Mathew, Rekha K. Murthy, Steven A. Pergam

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Abstract

The COVID-19 has had major direct (e.g., deaths) and indirect (e.g., social inequities) effects in the United States. While the public health response to the epidemic featured some important successes (e.g., universal masking,and rapid development and approval of vaccines and therapeutics), there were systemic failures (e.g., inadequate public health infrastructure) that overshadowed these successes. Key deficiency in the U.S. response were shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE) and supply chain deficiencies. Recommendations are provided for mitigating supply shortages and supply chain failures in healthcare settings in future pandemics. Some key recommendations for preventing shortages of essential components of infection control and prevention include increasing the stockpile of PPE in the U.S. National Strategic Stockpile, increased transparency of the Stockpile, invoking the Defense Production Act at an early stage, and rapid review and authorization by FDA/EPA/OSHA of non-U.S. approved products. Recommendations are also provided for mitigating shortages of diagnostic testing, medications and medical equipment.

Original languageEnglish
JournalInfection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2024
Externally publishedYes

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