The shortage of surgical masks, gowns, gloves, and other personal protective equipment (PPE) has been one of the biggest hurdles healthcare professionals and other essential workers have had to face during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Healthcare organizations and government leaders have been working tirelessly to build a stockpile of PPE to protect workers against the virus. If this crisis has taught us anything, it is the importance of maintaining a large supply of PPE to be used in emergency situations.
Below, learn about optimized PPE storage ideas to increase your long-term storage capacity for masks, gowns, gloves, and other preparedness gear.
Healthcare PPE Storage Solutions
In a hospital or other medical facilities, every square foot that is used for storage is space that could also be used for patient care. During times such as the COVID-19 pandemic, this leaves organizational leaders with a tough choice: do they prioritize making space for PPE storage to protect essential workers, or space for treating sick patients?
High-density mobile storage is a popular choice in hospitals, clinics, pharmacies, and other healthcare facilities because it eliminates wasted aisle space. These systems enable organizations to store roughly double the amount of PPE in the same amount of space, or free up valuable floor space for other uses.
Warehouse PPE Storage Solutions
Storing large amounts of PPE on pallets for rapid deployment during emergencies requires a heavy-duty system with a high storage capacity. Heavy-duty mobile shelving can handle loads from 3,000 to 30,000 pounds, and is accessible by forklift or hand-truck.
With the TUSC™ Control app, warehouse workers can open and close aisles, browse and search for stored items, and view the system’s safety status from their personal devices, without touching the system’s control pads. Eliminating high-touch surfaces is one of the most effective ways to prevent virus transmission in the workplace.
Plan for More PPE Storage Capacity
Nearly all PPE has a “best by” date, so inventory control processes are critical for ensuring that gear is always organized and in good condition. Additionally, well-designed long-term PPE storage promotes emergency readiness and makes the most of limited storage space.
Systems & Space is your partner in PPE storage planning. Learn about our high-density mobile storage and other space-saving solutions by contacting Systems & Space today.