Some medical hardware is getting rare during the COVID-19 pandemic and influenza season.
That is as per a clinical hardware delegate for USMed Equip. They are one of the main rental equipment assets around the country, said Charlie Dykes, the business development agent.
“I work with hospitals to help them plan and prepare to have the equipment that they need to be able to take care of patients whether it be through a census spike, like whenever the flu season is here,” said Dykes. “There are challenges in locating equipment but it’s industry-wide not just us.”
Dykes said USMed Equip. has partnerships with hospitals across Southwest Georgia remembering for Valdosta and Albany. Typically he would visit those clinical offices.
“It’s changed my route, I’m not going to my normal places. I’m having to travel to the places that are in more of a demand for equipment. Hospitals are calling for anything respiratory that they can get their hands on,” explained Dykes.
Be that as it may, it’s not simply COVID-19 causing a lack the country over.
“Flu is the big thing right now. Yeah, COVID-19 is all over the news but flu is what’s impacting a lot of the census spike that we see,” said Dykes.
“December is whenever it was talked about and then January, some people started pushing the buttons on, OK, our flu’s going up. We need to get these in and we need to develop plans. February is when things started going crazy though,” said Dykes.
The first COVID-19 case was accounted for back in January. There are currently more than 4,000 cases revealed in the US as indicated by the CDC.
“It’s really hard to say because we don’t know the scope of how big is COVID-19 going to be and to say hospitals are prepared or not prepared, it’s really hard to say because we’re still dealing with the crazy flu numbers right now,” explained Dykes.
The CDC gauges there have been 370,000 influenza-related hospitalizations in the US this influenza season.
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