COVID-19 and the medical device industry

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Over the past few weeks, COVID-19 has been at the top of the news. The disease is impacting communities and industries across the globe as people work hard to stay healthy and protect their loved ones, all while trying to keep a “business as usual” approach.

This upheaval has impacted the medical device supply chain in a major way. In times of a pandemic, the health care industry is essential for keeping the situation under control. This also applies to those of us who design, engineer and manufacture medical devices. Despite the hiccups in supply chains and the need to be even more diligent, our industry is working hard to supply patients with the life-saving medical devices they need.

A steady supply

Most businesses first felt the impacts of COVID-19 when it hit China because plenty of industries in the United States source parts from overseas. COVID-19, which was then an epidemic, impacted the flow of goods between countries across the world, not just from China. This meant that a lot of companies were left without parts that they needed to get the job done.

For the medical device industry, this meant that any company that sourced from overseas was suddenly hit with increased demand and no supplies to fill that demand.

Luckily, at MediSurge, we source all parts except for one right here in the United States, and most of them even come from Grand Rapids. This means that as a local medical device manufacturer, we’ve been able to keep up with the increased demand brought on by desperate times.

Increased demands

When people think of medical devices that impact COVID-19 patients, they imagine face masks and respirators. While those are two major players in treating and preventing COVID-19, they aren’t the only medical devices that are part of the process.

Since we’ve been the go-to for many local companies in search of a domestic solution, we’ve had to balance tending to new projects while still producing the devices we typically do. MediSurge focuses primarily on cardiovascular devices. Currently, the leading underlying condition that is linked to death in people with COVID-19 is heart disease. The medical devices we’re creating are helping to address this underlying condition and to save lives, even in the face of COVID-19.

Safety is key

However, even if parts are available for many people in the industry, manpower is not. We have focused intently on instructing team members who feel ill to stay home. We also have copious amounts of hand sanitizer around the office, and we’ve been enforcing that our team washes their hands.

All of our nonproduction team members have been operating from home to limit exposure. For those of our team who can’t work because of illness or needing to watch children, we’ve been working on an individual basis to find a way to provide income while they rest.

In the medical device industry, safety is essential because the devices we’re creating can save and impact lives for the better. That’s why we’re reaching out proactively to our sterilization partners to make sure every device we create is ready to be used in surgery.

Even in the face of a pandemic, our industry is working to provide high-quality medical devices and to help save lives. It is, after all, our passion and the right thing to do.

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