For the past several months, America’s consumer markets have been plagued by supply chain issues. Unfortunately, medical supplies are not immune to these challenges. NHIA is aware that many members are experiencing shortages of administration sets for ambulatory infusion pumps.
This shortage can directly impact patient care, thus the association is working with manufacturers and suppliers to get more information about when these issues might be resolved and if they can offer alternatives (view statement from Smiths Medical).
In the meantime, we want to remind providers that the decision to use an infusion pump—and which pump to use—is a clinical one. In order to assist in assessing patient needs and considering alternatives, NHIA has developed a few recommendations for managing current shortages, including considerations for selecting an appropriate infusion device.
Download NHIA’s Guidance (pdf)