Syracuse-area hospitals say they’re facing a shortage of a crucial sterilization product that could delay surgeries. There appears to be a major disruption in the supply chain of a biologic known as Sterrad biologic indicator made by Advanced Sterilization Products, which is used to sterilize surgical equipment and tools. The hospitals alerted Senator Chuck Schumer of the problem.
Schumer stopped by SUNY Upstate Medical University Monday to call attention to the matter and demand more accountability from the manufacturer and the FDA.
The future of medical care for senior citizens in Central New York took a big step in the right direction today as staff and patients gathered to officially open the area’s first geriatric emergency department at Upstate’s Community Campus. Emergency Medicine Director Jamie Ciaccio will help lead the new eight bed unit called Gem Care that will offer geriatric-specific equipment and emergency care to those 65 and older. With state of the art technology, Ciaccio says Gem Care’s staff members will work as a team to encourage quick and efficient discharges.