The pandemic has had a significant impact on dental practices across Canada. According to Oral Health Group's dental survey, the largest impact of the pandemic on dentists has been a drop in revenue due to business lockdowns. This is a difficult reality for many dental practices, but it is encouraging to note that essential services such as dental care are generally being viewed as necessary. Full lockdowns may no longer be necessary but it is still important that dentists maintain their safety protocols while they continue to provide essential care and services to their patients.
Another major contributor for the loss in revenue for many industries, especially in healthcare is the supply chain shortages. The shortage of labor, transportation difficulties, lack of raw materials, and rising inflation have all contributed to the problem, leading to a significant rise in the cost of PPE. To cope with the situation, healthcare facilities such as dental clinics have become quite creative in using their resources to the best of their ability. Many have implemented innovative strategies to ensure that the necessary supplies are available.
Other than being creative, setting up a smart system for supply chain management is a great way to prepare for potential impacts. It's important to consider the following when planning for the future:
- Analyzing current trends in the industry and market to anticipate potential supply chain disruptions
- Developing strategies to limit or manage the effects of disruptions
- Investing in technology solutions to improve supply chain visibility and control
- Exploring alternative suppliers or vendors
- Strengthening relationships with existing partners
- Establishing a clear chain of communication with suppliers and customers
- Utilizing real-time data and analytics to track performance and adjust plans as necessary
These are just a few of the planning considerations that should be taken into account when preparing for supply chain impacts. Taking a proactive approach to supply chain management is key to staying ahead of potential disruptions and ensuring a smooth flow of goods and services.
It's vital to be mindful of your PPE stock and to adhere to IPAC protocols. To ensure the safety of your workers, patients and the public, it's important to stay up to date with new ways to effectively manage the supply chain. This could involve regularly assessing inventory levels and restocking as necessary, as well as implementing strategies to reduce waste and streamline processes. Additionally, it could be beneficial to look into alternative sources for PPE and explore potential partnerships with other organizations like AGMD Safety. We are committed in helping you protect your team, your patients and your community by taking a proactive approach in helping you manage your supply chain, so you can focus on what you do best, making people smile.