ABSTRACT

Reporting and Monitoring Personal Protective Equipment Inventory During the Pandemic   [open pdf - 1MB]

From the Executive Summary: "The spread of COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] drastically increased the demand for personal protective equipment (PPE) and significantly disrupted the global supply chain for items such as face coverings, gloves, and gowns. VA [Department of Veterans Affairs], which has the largest integrated healthcare system in the nation, was faced with competing for PPE both in its service to millions of veterans and as part of its fourth mission. The VA Office of Inspector General (OIG) received allegations from its hotline that Veterans Health Administration (VHA) medical facilities could not acquire and maintain adequate inventory to keep pace with escalating needs. The OIG assessed how VHA reported and monitored its PPE supply levels during the pandemic and solicited information about whether facilities ran out of PPE or experienced significant shortages, as well as lessons learned. Without reliable information on its PPE inventory, VHA cannot effectively assess demand, monitor stock levels, or identify supply shortages at facilities. Shortages can jeopardize the health of frontline personnel, patients, their families or caregivers, and the general public."

Report Number:
Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of the Inspector General, Report No. 20-02959-62
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2021-02-24
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Public Domain
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Oversight.gov: https://www.oversight.gov/
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