We've written a lot at Plastics News about companies pivoting to make personal protective equipment. How about a story from the flip side? Our sister paper Crain's Detroit Business has this item from hospitals stocking up, but still uncertain if the U.S. supply chain can keep up with the expected increase in COVID-19 cases.
Beaumont Health, a hospital system based in Southfield, Mich., is working to have a 90-day supply of PPE on hand if the second wave results in the same number of patients in the fall as the spring — 1,200 patients at the peak in April.
"We have been preparing for a second surge now for four months and learned a lot as we climbed the hill and then came down the backside of the curve," said Melanie Fisher, Beaumont's supply chain director. "We've spent the last few months building up our inventory [of PPE] days on hand."
But as the chief financial officer of Grand Blanc-based McLaren Health noted, it's expensive to rent warehouse space. In addition, PPE is still selling for higher costs than pre-coronavirus levels.