Patient Care Compromised Medical Supply Shortages


In a recent report from the Institute for Safe Medication Practices, the organization presents findings from a July 2023 survey, noting that many respondents have daily struggles related to medication, equipment, and supply shortages. The report reviews areas of the medical industry most affected by these shortages, the negative impact it has on patient outcomes, and actions that staff and leadership can take to mitigate the ongoing issue. It also highlights unforeseen consequences, namely problems that arise due to shortages, such as interrupted treatment regimens, postponing surgeries, and using less effective (or more potentially harmful) alternatives when preferred supplies, drugs, and equipment are unavailable.

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