Inadequate Emergency Stockpiles Could Disrupt Patient Care during a Public Health Emergency
January 12, 2022 | Evaluations & Guidance
Emergency stockpiles that are insufficient to meet the needs of the community in the event of a widespread health emergency, natural disaster, or other crisis can result in a disruption of care, potentially leading to harm to patients and healthcare providers.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, medical supplies and equipment in local, state, and national emergency stockpiles have not always been ready for use. There have been numerous reports of:
Shortcomings such as these can compromise the ability...