In addition a review of the medical supply room revealed no surgical gloves available, no medicated soap, no disposable bed pans, no paper or durapore tape, only 1 safety glide 22 gauge syringe (101 were supposed to be in stock), and 22 bags of one-half normal saline (64 were supposed to be in stock).
The medical supply shortages were directly related to vendors refusing to provide supplies until the medical center settles its debts. The blood supply vendor requires cash on delivery for any orders. An operating room orthopedic equipment supply vendor placed the facility on hold until its almost $20,000 outstanding balance is paid in full.
Delays in preventive maintenance and equipment repairs are also related to vendor debts. The facility's preventive maintenance vendor placed the medical center on hold until an $18,118 is settled. The diagnostic scope service vendor has taken a similar step over an almost $6,000 debt.
Day in and day out operations of the investor-owned, acute-care facility are also affected by the outstanding debt situation as vendors for coal heating, water company, electricity, phone service, the computer system, carpet cleaning, elevator inspection and repair, answering service, office equipment, and food supply take steps to recoup money owed to them.