Supply chain

The Importance of the U.S. Supply Chain in Medical Equipment

The global supply chain for medical equipment is a cornerstone of effective healthcare. At OR Specific, we understand the critical importance of a reliable supply chain for healthcare facilities, especially in the critical environment of operating rooms. Over the years, we have fostered and tailored our US-based supply chain to meet the unique demands of our customers. Ensuring that essential products like our surgical drapes are available when and where they’re needed most.

Strategic Advantages of OR Specific’s US Supply Chain

Improved Risk Mitigation and Shipping Optimization

We recognize the challenges that healthcare providers face, such as the need for rapid response and delivery times. Unlike competitors who may face delays due to international shipping from locations like China and Mexico, we optimize our supply chain for speed and reliability:

  • Our surgical drapes are shipped directly from our partner in Columbus, NC, and stocked in Vancouver, WA, ensuring fast delivery times across the country.
  • Our Double-decker tables are manufactured and stocked in Vancouver, WA.
  • Our established supply chain within the US allows for quick adaptation to fluctuating demands, avoiding common pitfalls of international shipping delays.
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Superior Quality Control

Quality is non-negotiable when it comes to medical supplies. Our meticulous attention to detail in design and material selection sets our products apart from those manufactured abroad, where quality might be compromised in favor of cost savings. Specifically, our surgical drapes stand out due to:

  • Use of the highest quality, three-layer material that is tear and puncture resistant.
  • A clear plastic backdrop protects the sterile field while allowing light through to the main table surface for better visibility.
  • Highly absorbent multi-layer laminate system that pulls liquids in and away from instruments, which helps maintain a clear working environment.
  • Custom fitted drapes specifically designed for OR Specific tables, enhancing the operational efficiency and infection control in OR setups.

Collaboration and Priority in Material Sourcing

For 30 years, we have been building relationships with our local material suppliers that enhance our product quality and lead times:

  • These strong partnerships ensure priority access to necessary materials, even during global shortages.
  • During crises like the COVID-19 pandemic, our US-based supply chain continued largely uninterrupted, proving its resilience and reliability. While many in the industry grappled with halted international shipping and production, OR Specific’s supply chain remained robust and fully operational. Thereby enabling us to meet the urgent needs of hospitals and healthcare providers without delay.

Supporting Communities Through Our Supply Chain


Non-Profit Drape Partner: Polk Vocational Services (PVS)

Our commitment extends beyond quality and efficiency. For the past 20 years, we have proudly partnered with Polk Vocational Services, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting adults facing disadvantages and disabilities through vocational training and employment opportunities. Their mission is twofold: to provide meaningful employment to individuals with barriers while delivering top-notch products and services to their customers. This partnership means that every purchase of an ORS drape directly contributes to PVS’s mission, empowering individuals and fostering social good.

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Outstanding Delivery and Quality Metrics

PVS’s operational excellence is evidenced by outstanding delivery and quality metrics, and the statistics speak for themselves:

  • Over the past five years, PVS has delivered 257 sterile shipments, with only 2 deliveries being late.
  • Since starting direct shipments for East Coast customers in 2023, out of 1,592 shipments, only 1 was late, and 4 were mis-shipped, highlighting the efficiency and reliability of our logistics.
  • Out of over 2 million drapes manufactured by PVS, we have received only 13 complaints, attesting to the high quality of our products.

The strategic advantage of OR Specific’s US-based supply chain cannot be overstated. It allows us to deliver superior medical products quickly and efficiently, maintain high quality standards, and support our community partners. As we continue to navigate the complexities of healthcare demands, OR Specific remains committed to excellence and reliability in every aspect of our operations. Proving that a strong domestic supply chain is not just a benefit but a necessity in today’s healthcare landscape.

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We invite healthcare professionals and procurement managers to experience the OR Specific difference. Trust in a supply chain that not only delivers exceptional medical products but also contributes positively to the community. Choose OR Specific for reliability, quality, and a partnership that cares.