Challenge: The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic exposed various weaknesses in our preparedness for unexpected emergencies. As many large manufacturers shut down or stopped exporting goods, stocks of critical supplies and equipment quickly ran out. Although necessary, items such as masks, gloves, shields, goggles, and ventilators were scarce, which prevented many healthcare organizations from fully supporting patient needs.
These issues are not exclusively associated with global pandemics. Emergency events or natural disasters such as hurricanes, wildfires, or even terrorist attacks can cause unprecedented and unanticipated immediate needs for emergency supplies. Often, the nature of the emergency can make it difficult or even impossible to transport resources from other areas, and issues like theft or price gouging can occur. Furthermore, many healthcare facilities don’t have excess space or it can be too cost-inhibitive to store these supplies onsite.
Solution: Iron Mountain warehousing and logistics can store and deliver your emergency response equipment and supplies so that you can access them in the event of a disaster or medical emergency. Our secure network of facilities located throughout North America will ensure a fast and seamless response, helping you focus on patient care during an emergency. We have the ability to store, manage, kit, and deliver:
- Medical supplies (masks, gowns, face shields, etc.)
- Medical equipment (wheelchairs, IV poles and supplies, respirators, etc.)
- Non-hazardous test kits, common medication, and first-responder equipment (first-aid kits, canned goods, flashlights, shelters, etc.)