Vaccines are available. Hope is on the horizon. But what does that mean for "getting back to normal?" And is "normal" a good thing to get back to?
All the problems that the pandemic exacerbated will remain once it becomes manageable again. And it created all sorts of supply chain problems of its own.
Take, for example, the pileup of medical supplies in areas where an overwhelming caseload never arrived. Masks - despite what clinicians might think based on the amount of stretching that reuse rules underwent in the last year - expire.
And that unused, expired inventory piles up to create a problem that hits hospitals' budget and dumpsters in equally devastating ways. See this week's five articles worth reading for exactly how...
*The way that these studies determined that hospitals waste 2 million pounds of supplies annually actually underestimates the total, according to data Z5 Inventory has compiled from thousands of inventory analyses at facilities nationwide.
Keep your eye on this space for more on that in the coming weeks.