You may or may not have noticed that the prices have increased on many disposable gloves and some have even been out of stock, the demand is just so high.
Many disposable glove manufacturers are reporting a level of demand they haven’t seen in over 30 years, it is unprecedented. Because the demand is vastly exceeding the supply it is likely that you will see price increases and even delays on order fulfillment as companies, like us, wait for inventory to arrive from suppliers.
Many are experiencing ridiculous increases in prices for common, and necessary, supplies. Unfortunately, there isn’t a clear solution to this massive, far-reaching problem, other than waiting it out. Even experts are unable to predict what could happen in the coming days, weeks, and months when it comes to the supply and pricing of disoable gloves and other PPE.
If you or your employees are suffering from the lack of disposable glove supply, below you can find some helpful guidelines that will help you make the most of the glove supply you do have, as you await more shipments.
The CDC recommends operating within three different statuses: conventional, contingency, and crisis. Most healthcare professionals and other similar industries affected by COVID-19 are currently working within the crisis status.
This means that for non-essential procedures and other tasks that do not deal with highly infectious patients, you are permitted to use disposable gloves beyond the manufacturer expiration date.