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Managing Critical Supply Shortages: Updated Reference List

created: Tuesday, March 24, 2020 updated: Monday, August 31, 2020
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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 and refreshing our critical supply list to include additional data, including potential supplier part numbers.

Note: due to the influx of COVID-19 supplies within hospitals across the U.S., the total number of items within each file has increased significantly.

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.

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

Product Category Product Sub-Category Download File Version Notes Item Count Update (Since Mar 2020)
Diagnostics ELISA and RT PCR Laboratory equipment and reagents ELISA and RT PCR Lab Equipment and Reagents Updated File (8/20/2020) 14.8%
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 Updated File (8/20/2020) 18.5%
Resuscitator Resuscitators Updated File (8/20/2020) 31.2%
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 Updated File (8/20/2020) 11.2%
Ventilators with portable and back-up power supply Ventilators Updated File (8/20/2020) 2.7%
Ventilator accessories (general) Ventilator accessories Updated File (8/20/2020) 10.1%
Ventilator accessories (heat or moisture exchanges or filters) Ventilator Accessories - HME Updated File (8/20/2020) 14.7%
Ventilator alternatives (anesthesia gas machines, positive pressure breathing devices) Ventilator Alternatives Updated File (8/20/2020) 3.9%
Personal protective equipment Gloves Gloves Updated File (8/20/2020) 28.6%
Gown, disposable, with elastic wrists Gowns Updated File (8/20/2020) 3.3%
Medical mask PPE Masks Updated File (8/20/2020) 46.7%
N95 respirators N95 Respirators Updated File (8/20/2020) 26.1%
Eye/face shield Eye Face Protection Updated File (8/20/2020) 24.4%
Safety box/sharps container (must be labeled "Biohazard") Safety Box Sharps Containers Updated File (8/20/2020) 12.4%
Scrubs Medical Staff Apparel and Textiles Updated File (8/20/2020) 12.8%
Drugs and medical consumables Paracetamol Pending File    
Oxygen Medical Gases Updated File (8/20/2020) (0.7%)
Infusion compound (Ringer’s lactate) Ringer's Lactate Updated File (8/20/2020) 8.4%
Antibiotics (for secondary infection) Pending File    
IV solutions IV solutions Updated File (8/20/2020) 6.2%
Medical equipment Infrared thermometer Thermometers Updated File (8/20/2020) (1.3%)
Laryngoscope, adult, child set Laryngoscopes Updated File (8/20/2020) 50.0%
Endotracheal tubes Endotracheal Tubes Updated File (8/20/2020) 0.9%
Oxygen concentrator Oxygen Concentrators Updated File (8/20/2020) 3.6%
Oxygen face mask with reservoir bag, disposable Oxygen Face Masks Updated File (8/20/2020) 27.7%
Pulse oximeter, portable Pulse Oximeters Updated File (8/20/2020) 12.6%
Sample collection tubes Sample Collection Tubes Updated File (8/20/2020) 8.8%
Swabs for buccal sample collection Swabs Updated File (8/20/2020) 6.1%
Infusion setup including pump (need more specifics) Infusion Pump Kits Updated File (8/20/2020) 48.2%
Syringes: 0.5 ml autodestruct (AD) and 5 ml reuse prevention (RUP) Syringes Updated File (8/20/2020) 10.9%
CPAP masks CPAP masks Updated File (8/20/2020) (2.0%)
Nasal cannulas Nasal cannulas Updated File (8/20/2020) 21.4%
Suction catheters Suction catheters Updated File (8/20/2020) (1.8%)
Disposable stethoscopes Disposable stethoscopes Updated File (8/20/2020) (3.1%)
Disposable stethoscope covers Disposable stethoscope covers Updated File (8/20/2020) 0.0%
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 Updated File (8/20/2020) 16.8%
Bag, disposable for biohazardous waste PPE and clinical waste without sharps Biohazard Bags Updated File (8/20/2020) 48.7%
Body bags (suitable for burial or cremation) Body Bags Updated File (8/20/2020) 18.9%
Disinfectant Disinfectant Updated File (8/20/2020) 12.3%
Soap, surgical Surgical Soap Updated File (8/20/2020) 9.2%
Set: mask, gel and soap for targeted population Pending File  - -
Chlorine Pending File  - -