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Global demand is outpacing supply for some personal protective equipment (PPE) and related products due to the coronavirus outbreak. This increased demand has caused shortages for some PPE and related products. We are allocating supply to customers with previous purchase history of these items. Search results and product pages will indicate which items in the catalog are on allocation.
We are working with U.S. government agencies and others in the industry to share information and address supply issues as they arise.
What is allocation?
We have put our current customers on an allocation method in line with their recent usage for high-demand products. Allocation is the practice of limiting the available quantity of an item to any one purchasing entity at any one time. Sometimes this is less than they have historically purchased, sometimes it is more, depending on the overall availability of product. We take into account our current supply, expected arrival of additional shipments and anticipated demand.
Why is this happening?
These allocations are intended to provide as much product as possible to our current customers as they treat patients, and to wisely manage our inventory in preparation for possible shortages in the face of sustained high demand for PPE.
Which supplies are included?
Currently, we are allocating high-demand PPE and related products.
What are we doing?
Like many manufacturers and distributors, McKesson sources many of its PPE products from China. We are working with manufacturers both domestically and overseas to ensure we can get as much product as possible.
Please contact your McKesson account manager with any specific inquiries.
The CDC recommends the following standard precautions to protect you and your patients:
The CDC recently issued recommendations for surface disinfection, including the use of an EPA-approved disinfectant with emerging viral pathogens claims.
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In addition to training from leading providers like MedTrainer and Relias, we also offer recordings of previous webinars covering COVID-19 and infection prevention best practices.
COVID-19: Virus and Other Coronaviruses
This 30-minute course is offered at no charge to healthcare providers. In this training you’ll learn:
Healthcare professionals are within a high-risk category and need options. Educating those dealing directly with treatment and exposure is the first line of defense in preventing pandemics from spreading.Begin Training
Respiratory Hygiene and Cough Etiquette
Respiratory hygiene and cough etiquette, along with other elements of Standard Precautions, are the building blocks of infection prevention and control in any healthcare organization. At any time of the year, and particularly during cold and flu season, healthcare facilities are a key source for exposure to respiratory pathogens for staff members, patients, and visitors. In light of the current COVID-19 crisis, it is important that staff are properly trained and knowledgeable of how the virus is transmitted if precautions are not strictly enforced and consistently followed.
Principles of Cleaning and Disinfecting Environmental Services
As organisms’ resistance to antibiotics continues to rise and viruses become more virulent, serious steps need to be taken to ensure that environmental surfaces are not the source of healthcare-associated infections (HAI). Potentially infectious residues from contagious pathogens are a major source of contamination and may also be a source of transmission.
Relias Hand-Washing Course
Hand-washing is one of the most important steps to help break the chain of infection.
This Relias micro-course follows CDC recommendations and provides a refresher on the specific requirements to successfully stop the spread of infection.Access Course
Webinar: COVID-19 Pandemic Preparedness for Your Front-Line Staff
March 30, 2020 | 2:00 p.m. ET (Duration: 45 minutes)
What are the most current recommendations for surge management and front-line staff preparedness around the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)? Learn more about them from Board Certified Emergency Physician, Phil DiGiacomo, M.D., and Heather Tuttle (BSN, RN, CEN, TCRN).Register Now
Webinar: Actions Home Health Clinicians Can Take To Prevent The Spread of COVID-19
Tuesday, April 7, 2020 | 2:00 p.m. ET (Duration: 1 hour)
During this webinar we will cover:
Webinar: COVID-19 and Long-Term Care Providers: Where Are We Now
Thursday, April 9, 2020 | 2:00 p.m. ET (Duration: 1 hour)
Join Relias and PointClickCare as we discuss the ongoing pandemic. During this webinar we will cover the following questions:
The below COVID-19 information is powered by the CDC and updated daily.
Be advised that information contained herein is intended to serve as a useful reference for informational purposes only and is not complete clinical information. This information is intended for use only by competent healthcare professionals exercising judgment in providing care. McKesson cannot be held responsible for the continued currency of or for any errors or omissions in the information.
Page last updated: March 31, 2020