PPE

Critical PPE Supplies
Key indicators are tracked for six critical PPE supplies in order to assess whether North Carolina has adequate supplies to fill requests for at least 60 days. The critical supplies tracked include:

• Face Shields – inclusive of medical and non-medical grade items
• Gloves – inclusive of medical and non-medical grade items
• Gowns – inclusive of medical and non-medical grade items
• Medical KN95 Respirators – includes only medical grade items
• Medical N95 Respirators – includes only medical grade items
• Medical Procedural Masks – includes only medical grade items such as disposable masks, ear loop masks, etc.

Previously, the critical supply category “Procedural Masks” included all medical-grade masks (e.g., disposable masks, KN95, half mask, full-face mask respirators) except for N95 respirators. As of December 14, 2020, this category has been renamed to “Medical Procedural Masks” and further broken out to separate KN95 masks into a separate category named “Medical KN95 Respirators”. Other dual cartridge half and full-face respirators have been excluded from this category in order to align with the critical supplies NCDHHS maintains a stockpile for.

Previously, adequate supplies to fill requests was based on 30 days. As of December 14, 2020, adequate supplies for the critical PPE supplies will be based on 60 days which aligns with the timeline needed to source and receive items and aligns with some funding requirements.

Average requests per day are calculated based on the total number of requests received from April 1, 2020 until the reporting date. Estimated days of supplies on hand is calculated based on quantities on hand divided by the average requests per day.