Wanted, due to supply chain shortages: used crutches, walkers and canes
From Utah to South Carolina and Kentucky, hospitals and charities are asking for gently used crutches, canes and walkers. Supplies are getting harder to come by thanks to — let’s all say it together — supply chain problems. The main issue seems to be the unreliable supply of aluminum, which is used to make the products.
In Bluffton, South Carolina, Beaufort Memorial Hospital put out a plea:
“The impacts of the global pandemic continue to affect so many aspects of healthcare,” BMH president and CEO Russell Baxley said in a news release. “We’re hopeful that there are plenty of used crutches gathering dust in closets that can be put to good use for our patients.”
Spectrum News in Kentucky reports that after vendors to the Shriners Children’s Hospital in Lexington said they were having problems getting crutches, a community plea from the hospital produced 90 sets quickly.