Review: Critical supply shortages — the need for ventilators and personal protective equipment during the COVID-19 pandemic

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Review: Critical supply shortages — the need for ventilators and personal protective equipment during the COVID-19 pandemic

Review: Critical supply shortages — the need for ventilators and personal protective equipment during the COVID-19 pandemic

This opinion piece in the New England Journal of Medicine emphasizes a need for a coordinated approach by local and national government, the private sector, and health care providers to attain needed personal protective equipment (PPE) and ventilators.

The authors suggest:

  • The President should use his power under the Defense Production Act (DPA) and direct ventilator manufacturers to maximize production, also order their suppliers to maximize the availability of raw materials, and  bring other industries into this effort.
  • The President should direct private-sector companies to make more PPE.
  • The federal government should loosen regulatory burdens on the use of N95 masks in health care settings and facilitate distribution of these masks to states and facilities.
  • State governments could encourage companies in their communities that might be able to shift production to making this equipment to do so.
  • Reduce hoarding of PPE and to tap into already existing stockpiles in many nonmedical settings with a coordinated effort by local governments to collect these supplies
  • Federal coordination of state sharing of equipment would be helpful from government agencies such as the CDC or the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
  • Partnering with technology companies to track the availability of and projected needs for equipment in real time would also be helpful.

 

 

|2020-04-01T09:53:53-04:00March 31st, 2020|COVID-19 Literature|Comments Off on Review: Critical supply shortages — the need for ventilators and personal protective equipment during the COVID-19 pandemic

About the Author: Seema Mohapatra

Seema Mohapatra
Seema Mohapatra is an Associate Professor of Law and Dean's Fellow at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, She teaches Introduction to Health Care Law and Policy, Genetics and the Law, Torts, and Bioethics and the Law. Seema Mohapatra is an expert in the areas of health care law, public health law, bioethics, torts, and international health and family law. Her research interests include the intersection of biosciences and the law, assisted reproduction and surrogacy, international family and health law, health care disparities in the United States, and informed consent. Her work has been published in several journals, including the Wake Forest Law Review, Colorado Law Review, Brooklyn Law Review, and the Harvard Journal of Law & Policy. Professor Mohapatra currently teaches Torts, Introduction to Health Care Law, Bioethics, and Genetics and the Law. She has authored articles and book chapters on topics such as insurance coverage of infertility and assisted reproduction, genetics and health privacy, international surrogacy laws, and equity in healthcare coverage. Professor Mohapatra regularly presents her research nationally and internationally at legal and medical conferences and symposia. Prior to teaching, Professor Mohapatra practiced health law in Chicago at Sidley & Austin and Foley & Lardner. She earned a J.D. degree from Northwestern University School of Law and has a master’s degree in Public Health with a concentration in Chronic Disease Epidemiology from Yale University. She earned a bachelor of arts in Natural Sciences (with a minor in Women's Studies) from Johns Hopkins University.

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