Alexandria, Virginia – ISPA says many of its members are using their manufacturing resources to help meet supply challenges in US hospitals. In addition to making hospital beds and other mattresses, some are converting their sewing operations to safety mask production. Others are exploring how to make isolation gowns, surgical masks, privacy curtains, disinfecting wipes, shoe covers, filters and other safety and protective supplies.
ISPA is providing information and tools for members to help them match their capabilities to current needs. It will also help them navigate evolving federal, state and local restrictions that could affect their ability to make and deliver needed supplies.
Many individual companies are pitching in. For example, the largest producer of mattresses in the US, Serta Simmons Bedding (SSB), is donating 10,000 mattresses to hospitals and temporary medical facilities treating COVID-19 patients. It is calling on fellow companies to do likewise.
As hospitalisation numbers surge, the company says, bedding is set to become scarce. New York is facing a particular problem because of the high infection numbers there.
The company is working with Relief Bed International, a non-profit organisation that provides beds to impoverished people and disaster victims around the world. SSB also says its factories can produce up to 20,000 beds a day at the lowest possible cost, if this is required.
‘Serta Simmons Bedding is committed to ensuring those who are hospitalised have a bed available where they can receive care and heal,’ said David Swift, SSB’s chairman and CEO. ‘We're calling on our peers in the bedding industry to join us in addressing this need.’