Malaysian glove manufacturer Top Glove has temporarily closed a significant number of plants after thousands of workers tested positive to COVID-19—potentially leading to a shortage of gloves for dentists here in Australia.
While a number of major suppliers have confirmed they do not source from this manufacturer and others are making every effort to resolve impacted supply lines, other suppliers have indicated they intend to impose limits on glove orders to ensure supply is maintained.
In response to this news, the Australian Dental Association has taken proactive measures to support dentists through any potential disruption, including contacting the office of the Federal Health Minister to incite proactive action by the Government; encouraging suppliers to take meaningful steps to minimise potential disruption to the Australian market; and investigating the current stock levels of dental suppliers and working together to understand the potential impact.
At this stage, the ADA recommends dentists take all reasonable steps to preserve glove stock; it has provided some practical tips on conserving glove use here.
Suppliers have indicated stock of nitrile gloves is very limited and the recommendation is that dentists restrict use of this stock to practitioners, staff and patients who specifically require them.
This article was sourced from the News & Media page on the ADA website.