Today, healthcare providers are on the front lines of a battle against a viral pandemic. It’s an extraordinary and challenging time as COVID-19 continues to impact more people around the world. As part of the critical healthcare system, we have a responsibility to serve physicians, nurses and patients. At the same time, we are also committed to protecting our employees and preventing transmission of the virus in our communities.
Our global response teams have prepared and are taking action during this health crisis. We have taken these steps to support our employees, our customers and patients:
Ensuring continued access to important medical devices.
We have implemented critical steps to protect our global manufacturing sites and delivery centers and the essential employees who work in those facilities each day. Every employee that can perform their job remotely is doing so and we have closed these facilities to outside visitors. We’ve implemented shift changes to address local school closures and we are closely managing our raw material supply chain. Finally, our manufacturing operations team is working to increase capacity for products that are most needed by healthcare providers right now, including Critical Care products used in ICUs where COVID-19 patients are being treated.
Providing consistent support to our customers.
Our clinical sales support teams are committed to supporting patients, clinicians, and procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic. In situations where hospital access is limited, our teams are using remote methods and technology. When critical support is needed, and hospitals allow, we will provide case support. Our global customer support and delivery teams are fully operational. They are answering customer calls and working closely with couriers to avoid delivery delays.
Preventing transmission to our employees and communities.
We recognize that the best way to fight COVID-19 is to slow down the spread and flatten the curve of the outbreak. That’s why we have postponed face-to-face trainings with groups of healthcare providers and restricted all international travel for our employees. We’ve made enhancements to our company-owned health plan to make access to care easier and less costly during this healthcare crisis. We implemented physical distancing with employees working on-site and continue to educate our employees on ways to protect themselves and their families.
March 12, 2020
A message to the healthcare providers we support,
We know that with the complex and ever-changing COVID-19 outbreak, you are concerned about protecting the health of your patients and your employees. Serving patients is a privilege, and we recognize our responsibility as a medical device manufacturer to support the medical community. We are executing global business continuity plans, and we want to share a high-level summary of our activities so that you can feel confident in our ability to support you during this situation.
First, we have global and regional response teams in place to maintain continuity of supply and service. Our customer support teams are able, if it becomes necessary, to work remotely to take your orders. We are also working closely with local government agencies and couriers to monitor the situation and make contingency plans to ensure we can deliver products. As a critical measure, we have identified priority products that are especially important to patient care or could be used in the treatment of COVID-19.
We have staffing and supplier contingency plans for our global manufacturing sites as well. It is important to note that we are not experiencing disruption in our operations or delivery of products due to COVID-19 at this time.
Lastly, we have taken steps to ensure that our employees understand and follow preventative measures recommended by local health authorities and the World Health Organization (WHO). We have implemented employee travel restrictions and postponed events. However, our representatives are here for you and want to help you in whatever capacity you need.
We recognize our role and responsibility in the healthcare ecosystem, and we take this level of planning very seriously. We all share the same goals in this global health situation, which are to protect the health and safety of employees, to maintain product supply, and to ensure that patients receive the care they need. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and provide updates and guidance as needed.
In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact your local customer support team.