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Doctors Hurting for Supplies as Hospitals Restrict Medical Products

A dentist from Beijing Anzhen Hospital, with the Weibo username PRND21, said his hospital stopped using most styptic materials — which help close blood vessels during surgery — leaving only alternatives that are “as effective as garbage.” Photo: Visual China
A dentist from Beijing Anzhen Hospital, with the Weibo username PRND21, said his hospital stopped using most styptic materials — which help close blood vessels during surgery — leaving only alternatives that are “as effective as garbage.” Photo: Visual China

Some hospitals in China have restricted the use of certain disposable medical equipment — such as surgical sutures and hemostatic gauze — in an attempt to meet annual cost-control targets at year-end.

In a memo obtained by Caixin, one hospital in southwest China’s Sichuan province told staff to “strictly control the use of surgical consumables that aren’t directly related to the efficacy of the operation. Stop using all types of wound irrigations, anti-adhesion irrigation, hemostatic gauze, styptic powder and so on by the year-end.”

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