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Managing Critical Supply Shortages: Updated Reference List

created: Tuesday, March 24, 2020 updated: Thursday, April 23, 2020

As GHX continues to assist the healthcare community research alternative sources to help reduce shortages of critical medical supplies during COVID-19, we are expanding our critical supply list to include additional data, including potential supplier part numbers.

The reference files below represent SKU-level data for COVID-19 alternative supply categories, collected from GHX’s vast network of suppliers over the course of several years, and reviewed by GHX’s Content Operations team for completeness and standardization. While the majority of supplies within each file represent industry accepted substitutes, GHX has also included items which, based on a combination of UNSPSC and noun-type categorization, may serve a "comparable purpose" to help provider organizations identify potential alternatives to those supplies which are backordered across the U.S. Clinical experts at provider organizations and other users of this list are encouraged to consult this list to assist in identifying supplies and potential substitutes that may be effective in managing this fluid situation.

As a reminder, complimentary access to Lumere’s evidence-based research library of more than 34,000 drugs and devices is currently available through April 30, 2020, including a quick reference list of COVID-19-related supplies with potential shortages.

Reference list of vendors for critical supplies at risk of shortages, by product category

Product Category Product Sub-Category Download File Version Notes
Diagnostics ELISA and RT PCR Laboratory equipment and reagents ELISA and RT PCR Lab Equipment and Reagents Original File (3/23/2020)
Health facilities infrastructure and equipment Ambulance with air isolation systems for transport of contagious patients Please work with your local and/or state government to assist in coordinating resources  
Mobile, basic diagnostic X-ray system Pending File  
Portable ultrasound Portable Ultrasounds Original File (3/23/2020)
Resuscitator Resuscitators Original File (3/23/2020)
Medical triage/treatment/isolation facilities Please work with your local and/or state government to assist in coordinating resources  
Packaging transport substance for viral sample transport Viral Sample Transport Original File (3/23/2020)
Ventilators with portable and back-up power supply Ventilators Original File (3/23/2020)
Ventilator accessories (general) Ventilator accessories New Category (3/30/2020) – Based on provider feedback
Ventilator accessories (heat or moisture exchanges or filters) Ventilator Accessories - HME New Category (4/1/2020) – Based on provider feedback
Ventilator alternatives (anesthesia gas machines, positive pressure breathing devices) Ventilator Alternatives New Category (4/1/2020) – Based on provider feedback
Personal protective equipment Gloves Gloves Original File (3/23/2020)
Gown, disposable, with elastic wrists Gowns Original File (3/23/2020)
Medical mask PPE Masks Original File (3/23/2020)
Surgical masks
N95 respirators N95 Respirators Original File (3/23/2020)
Eye/face shield Eye Face Protection Updated file (4/6/2020) – Removed non-applicable items based on client feedback
Safety box/sharps container (must be labeled "Biohazard") Safety Box Sharps Containers Original File (3/23/2020)
Scrubs Medical Staff Apparel and Textiles Updated File (3/30/2020) – Added additional medical apparel (e.g. bouffants, shoe covers)
Drugs and medical consumables Paracetamol Pending File  
Oxygen Medical Gases Original File (4/7/2020)
Infusion compound (Ringer’s lactate) Ringer's Lactate Original File (3/23/2020)
Antibiotics (for secondary infection) Pending File  
IV solutions IV solutions Original File (4/6/2020)
Medical equipment Infrared thermometer Thermometers Updated File (4/7/2020)
Laryngoscope, adult, child set Laryngoscopes Original File (3/23/2020)
Endotracheal tubes Endotracheal Tubes Original File (3/23/2020)
Oxygen concentrator Oxygen Concentrators Original File (3/23/2020)
Oxygen face mask with reservoir bag, disposable Oxygen Face Masks Original File (3/23/2020)
Pulse oximeter, portable Pulse Oximeters Original File (3/23/2020)
Sample collection tubes Sample Collection Tubes Original File (3/23/2020)
Swabs for buccal sample collection Swabs Original File (3/23/2020)
Swabs for nasal sample collection
Infusion setup including pump (need more specifics) Infusion Pump Kits Original File (3/23/2020)
Syringes: 0.5 ml autodestruct (AD) and 5 ml reuse prevention (RUP) Syringes Original File (3/30/2020)
CPAP masks CPAP masks New Category (3/30/2020) – Based on provider feedback
Nasal cannulas Nasal cannulas New Category (3/30/2020) – Based on provider feedback
Suction catheters Suction catheters New Category (3/30/2020) – Based on provider feedback
Disposable stethoscopes Disposable stethoscopes New Category (4/15/2020) – Based on provider feedback
Disposable stethoscope covers Disposable stethoscope covers New Category (4/15/2020) – Based on provider feedback
Advanced Home Care Kits for home isolation of asymptomatic cases or mildly symptomatic Please work with your local and/or state government to assist in coordinating resources  
Antivirals/vaccines (in development) Please work with your local and/or state government to assist in coordinating resources  
Disinfection consumables / biohazardous waste management Alcohol based hand-rub Hand Sanitizer Original File (3/23/2020)
Bag, disposable for biohazardous waste PPE and clinical waste without sharps Biohazard Bags Original File (3/23/2020)
Body bags (suitable for burial or cremation) Body Bags Original File (3/23/2020)
Disinfectant Disinfectant Original File (3/23/2020)
Soap, surgical Surgical Soap Original File (3/23/2020)
Set: mask, gel and soap for targeted population Pending File  
Chlorine Pending File