DOH Shares Information Regarding Nitrile Glove Shortage
Yesterday, DOH shared with HCP information regarding the availability of gloves. DOH confirmed that there is a shortage of nitrile gloves in the global supply chain that is likely to persist for the ongoing future.
Due the expected continuation of the shortage of nitrile gloves, DOH encourages all providers to preserve the use of nitrile gloves for times when latex or vinyl gloves cannot be used.
Nitrile gloves should be prioritized for use with individuals with latex allergies or when a care provider is expecting significant exposure to blood/body fluids. If latex gloves are used, non-powdered gloves are less likely to induce allergies and packaging should include clearly visible latex allergy warning for staff.
Vinyl gloves are another alternative but should be reserved for routine exams and other activities where there is not significant exposure to blood/body fluids.
DOH advises that both latex and vinyl gloves are readily available on the market.
As a viable commercial option, HCP created a PPE Portal where providers can purchase commonly-used items such as surgical masks, gloves and gowns at a significant cost savings. Hand sanitizer, and two styles of N95 masks can also be purchased through the portal. Bulk pricing is made available by the case minimum requirement, which is reasonable given the need to backstock these products for staff protection. Most items ship in 2 to 3 business days and you can order as frequently as necessary.
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DOH also shared the following link to access an additional list of medical suppliers: https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/doh/downloads/pdf/imm/covid-19-ppe-suppliers.pdf