Trauma centers under major shortages of major life-saving supplies

A surge in concussions and major traumas is leading some hospitals in upstate New York to report a serious shortage of basic trauma supplies: chest pads, tourniquets, gauze and standard non-sterile gauze. Deaths related…

Trauma centers under major shortages of major life-saving supplies

A surge in concussions and major traumas is leading some hospitals in upstate New York to report a serious shortage of basic trauma supplies: chest pads, tourniquets, gauze and standard non-sterile gauze.

Deaths related to the bleeding and bleeding control has been on the rise in 2016 and 2017, according to the New York Times. But it was initially thought that the shortages were specific to certain areas in Upstate New York.

Yet, the numbers show that the shortages are not limited to New York.

The supply of non-sterile medical gauze is only being supplied by just one manufacturer in the country: VV Medical Products. It’s also not a large manufacturer: Each piece of gauze that’s put on a patient is generally 6.5 grams. This means there’s just one manufacturer of each type, and there simply isn’t enough production of all gauze in the world.

Right now, these shortages are so severe in several hospitals that health care providers are removing themselves from making decisions about trauma patients. In Nassau and Suffolk counties, two of the biggest trauma centers in the state, the doctors are starting to say that the only thing they can do is move the trauma patients to other hospitals.

For those on a waiting list for patient care, the hospital crisis only escalates. Some doctors are starting to wonder whether they’ll get to use the gauze they’ve ordered for their patients.

After this source at one of the hospitals at the center of the patient crisis sent me their version of what has been going on, I asked staff at the medical centers about what they thought. And in the end, the short-handed hospitals will do what they have to do to provide patient care. And that’s the truth. Doctors and nurses will do what’s required of them, even if that means moving injured patients.

The problem is what’s next.

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