Medical tape shortages are worsening as states struggle to supply critical medical equipment and supplies, officials said Thursday.
Medical tape shortages and shortages of critical medical supplies are escalating in the U.S., and medical professionals say they need more time to get medical equipment into patients’ homes and clinics.
In Ohio, officials say that medical tape is one of the few materials that can be bought on the open market that’s still affordable and can be delivered to patients.
The Ohio Medical Board is advising its members to stock up on tape to protect patients from the potential for shortages.
The board is recommending that patients and their providers be on the lookout for any tape or tape-based devices that are being shipped from overseas, and to look for any items that appear to have been manufactured overseas, such as tape tape, the board said in a statement.
Health officials also say that tape shortages pose a significant risk to the safety and security of hospitals and medical facilities, particularly for women and children.
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