Personal protective equipment (PPE) is still in short supply, as the world continues to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, the nitrile glove shortage is so severe that the national stockpile of gloves decreased from 16.9 million in December 2019 to 2 million in October 2020.
Nitrile gloves are essential in a variety of procedures, from giving vaccines to performing surgeries. In fact, the CDC issued guidance on how to make nitrile glove supplies go further back in December, when stockpiles continued to plummet. As we continue to face the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s time we start turning to small businesses to combat the deficit.
Defeating Price Gouging
Since supplies are low, opportunist organizations are driving up prices for essential goods like nitrile gloves. Now, hospitals need to stretch already thin budgets to afford the supplies required for basic procedures.
With supplies and hospital budgets so low, the government needs to empower businesses that are capable of producing essential materials like these. Right now, healthcare facilities are forced to pay whatever sellers ask, despite the fact that it’s well above market value. However, the more government helps to bolster capable small businesses who are dedicated to eradicating price gouging, the sooner we can stop bleeding hospitals dry.
A Little Goes a Long Way
Small businesses are struggling. In the wake of closures, policy changes, and too-few-and-far-between stimulus packages, these companies are in danger of going under. Still, all of this is happening while our healthcare system is desperate for materials like nitrile gloves.
Instead of allowing the deficit to continue, it is time for government to work alongside capable small businesses. STEWART Industries is AS9001D, ISO 9001:2015, ISO 13485:2016, and HUBZone certified. We’re ready and waiting to fight back against price gouging and stalled production lines. All we need is government support.
Does your organization need nitrile gloves? We’re your answer. Reach out to us today. Let’s put this pandemic behind us.