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We know we can’t begin to answer every question you may have through our posts and resources and realize that you may have ongoing inquiries. If you need to know more about the following issues or have requests for more information on a certain topic, we want to hear from you:
  • Supply chain issues
  • Corporate efforts and responsibilities
  • Product availability or usability
  • Other related resources
We have a valuable team available to answer your questions to the best of their knowledge. If you haven’t seen an answer to your question through our COVID-19 coverage, please submit your question below, and we will get back to you at our earliest convenience.
For account-specific questions, contact your Medline representative or call 1-800-Medline.
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See your most common questions, answered

Keeping up with the evolving changes and response to the COVID-19 crisis can create confusion and the need for clarity. The following section summarizes some of the most common inquiries we are hearing from customers and our replies.

Yes, you can. In fact, you can shop thousands of hospital-quality products that span the continuum of healthcare needs. Visit athome.medline.com and shop by category, by need, or by brand. From hospital to home, we provide the same products and essentials your doctors and nurses use and recommend, along with providing helpful tips, payment options, and fast delivery that make it easier to take care of yourself and your loved ones.

Our COVID-19 Resource Center has all the updated information on current supply availability and what items are still on allocation.

Log in to the Medline.com online catalog to see your allocation for each impacted item. After you are logged in, you will see the following on an item-specific basis:

  1. Your allocation quantity
  2. What has already been ordered
  3. How much more is available until the next reset period (the 1stof the following month)

If you’ve seen a particular Medline product that you want to purchase for yourself or for your facility, you have two options:

  1. For individual, “at home” purchases, visit medline.com and shop by category, by need, or by brand to find the specific item you are wanting to buy.
  2. For more information on products, support and more for your healthcare location or facility, contact us If you are interested in partnering with Medline, find out more.

We invested in airfreight shipments to expedite PPE availability (including facemasks) from Asia—reducing time from manufacturing-to-dock by 3-4 weeks.

 

For isolation gowns, head/footwear and coveralls, we have successfully increased the production capacity at factories in Southeast Asia and anticipate that we will continue to ramp up output there.

 

For gloves, we continue to increase capacity and airfreight product to get it in the hands of the frontline users faster. We anticipate we’ll ship more than 1.4 billion gloves in April to U.S. customers.

 

For hand sanitizer, we converted our manufacturing plant in Wisconsin to produce 80% ethyl alcohol hand sanitizer. Our first shipment of 200,000 bottles was delivered to customers last week, with ongoing production set at 400,000 bottles per week. Our manufacturing plant in Connecticut has also ramped up production of 63% ethyl alcohol gel hand sanitizer from their historical 200,000 packets per month to 4,000,000 packets per month for April and May, as well as bulk production in gallon bottles and 50-gallon drums.

 

For more information on our efforts to get PPE into the hands of healthcare workers, visit our COVID-19 Resource Center home page.

We’re working harder than ever to ensure our 26,000+ employees around the world are safe and productive. Here are the major initiatives we have implemented. For further details, check our COVID-19 Resource Center home page.

 

Only essential employees are working on-site. We have instituted temperature checks outside of manufacturing facilities before employees or deliveries may enter. We are also enforcing our policy for sending home sick employees.

 

Implemented a temporary hourly pay increase for team members in our 50+ distribution centers across the country to recognize their dedication to our customers.

 

All employees working in offices, distribution centers, manufacturing facilities and delivery trucks are provided with masks.

Implemented a virtual queuing technology for customer service calls that enables customer service personnel to work from home.

Yes. The mouth is a breeding ground for bacteria, which can double five times every 24 hours1 and lead to healthcare-acquired pneumonia. It is critical during these challenging times to step up oral care protocols to help protect patients from secondary infections. A recent study shows that 1 in 7 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 acquired a secondary bacterial infection, and 50% of those patients died.2
References
1.Oral bacteria: How many? How fast? Registered Dental Hygienist magazine. Available at: https://www.rdhmag.com/infection-control/water-safety/article/16404976/oral-bacteria-how-many-how-fast. Accessed April 19, 2020.
2.Zhou F, Yu T, Du R, Fan G, Liu Y, Liu Z, et al. Clinical course and risk factors for mortality of adult inpatients with COVID-19 in Wuhan, China: a retrospective cohort study. The Lancet. March 28, 2020; 395(10229):1054-1062. Available at: https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(20)30566-3/fulltext#tbl2. Accessed April 19, 2020.