Access to medical equipment and supplies
With an increased demand for respiratory products throughout the United States and reduced workforces in many factories and manufacturers due to social distance requirements, we are experiencing and anticipate continuous challenges accessing and maintaining inventory for a variety of products. In the longer view, we expect to experience disruptions to our supply chain due to the closures of manufacturing plants in China at the onset of the Coronavirus.
The breadth of current shortages is limited. However, PHS, The Care Group, RSVP, and Pulmonary Partners are preparing for reduced access across all supply categories and will need your help to lessen the impact on our patient families.
We are asking patients to develop plans for safely reusing supplies critical to their care plan. We have created this page with education resources to assist in this process.
Washing and reusing vital supplies
Many supplies used in the home care environment can safely be washed and reused. The resources below can prolong the life of individual supplies and reduce the impact of potential shortages for everyone. Additionally, there may be ways to meet your current needs using other supply items or equipment- we are happy to brainstorm solutions if they become needed.
Please contact your clinician or a customer service representative at your location if you have specific questions related to your care plan.
The links below jump to cleaning instructions for specific equipment and supply categories.
- Airway pressure monitor
- Apnea monitor
- Bi-Level or CPAP
- EtCO2 Monitoring
- Food Pump
- Heat & Humidity System
- High / Low Flow Heated Humidified Air and Oxygen System
Due to COVID-19 one-liter and two-liter, sterile water drip bags have been difficult to stock. Please use the instructions below for reusing a sterile water drip bag.
Use the two links below to download a medical supply cleaning schedule and instructions for disinfecting reusable supplies.
- Schedule for Cleaning and Replacing Home Medical Supplies (PDF)
- Common Methods for Disinfecting Reusable Supplies (PDF)
Anywhere you see the asterisk (*) symbol, it means you have a choice whether or not to disinfect the supply.