News Roundup

  • Vizient announced an agreement with Thailand-based Sri Trang Gloves for chemo-rated nitrile exam gloves as part of the Vizient Novaplus® Enhanced Supply program. Sri Trang is one of the world’s leading glove manufacturers and the agreement will bring additional supply assurance for this essential component of personal protective equipment required to safely deliver patient care. More via Vizient

  • Hospitals, health systems and other non-acute providers will spend 3.1% more on drugs next year, with oncology drugs accounting for roughly a quarter of the expense, according to a report issued by Vizient. More via Managed Healthcare Executive

  • A recent discussion on the evolving role of the supply chain to combat health disparities with four procurement leaders at the Virtual National Health Equity Summit including Shaleta Dunn, Vizient senior director strategic programs, supplier diversity, and Vizient’s work to help identify local resources and connect them with potential health care customers or with larger non-local suppliers with which they could do business. More via Healthcare Purchasing News

  • The nation’s blood supply is running dangerously low. The American Red Cross blamed the shortage on higher demand due to an increase in elective surgeries and visits to trauma centers. Vizient told Modern Healthcare that the price of type O blood has increased by about 30% over the last year. More via Freight Waves

  • There have been at least a 10% increase in blood transfusions as patients resume care they deferred during the COVID-19 pandemic, many of whom are sicker, according to Vizient. Donations are also down, which has delayed some non-urgent procedures. It's a perfect storm, said Akiva Faerber, a senior principal at Vizient. More via Modern Healthcare

  • Hospital outpatient departments and Ambulatory Surgery Centers will continue to experience rapid patient growth, experiencing a patient volume that is 15 million higher in 2029 than in 2019, according to a report from Vizient subsidiary Sg2, helping to drive down the cost of surgical procedures, according to the report. More via ASC Focus

  • Vizient announced it will begin implementing environmentally preferred language into virtually all of its medical/surgical contracts to encourage suppliers to eliminate chemicals of concern and reduce waste from their products. More via Associated Press

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Published: August 17, 2021