Thermometers (ICN 1050)

Important Customer Notice Update

Ref: 2020/1050 ICN Number: 1050

The availability of Thermometers has been severely challenged during the COVID-19 response. This is due to the global uplift in the need for Thermometers in COVID-19 patients and restrictions in supply from the Far East. Therefore, many of the usual alternatives may not be available at this time, however supply has improved throughout Q3 2020.

We are currently facing challenges from some suppliers in all sub-categories of Thermometers e.g. Temporal Artery, Tympanic, Electronic, Phase Change and Rigid Digital. We do have a limited range in each sub-category, but we cannot guarantee that customers will be able to maintain their usual levels of stock and some orders may be partially fulfilled.

Tympanic Thermometers and Covers

  • Reduced range of both devices and covers however no supply issues with the core covers range from Welch Allyn (Braun) or Cardinal Health (Genius 3).
  • Welch Allyn devices have been out of stock due to a component manufacturing issue which is not now expected to be resolved before January 2021.
  • Various supply issues from some of the other suppliers on devices/covers, gradually being resolved throughout 2021.
  • Currently only a few devices available to order – FWH237 typically has the greatest supply but FWH261, FWH227 and FWH229 are currently available options.

Electronic Thermometers and Covers

  • Supply issues with various basic type devices (rigid tip/flexible tip) and/or associated covers however some variations available.
  • No supply issues with the more expensive/complex corded probe devices/covers from Cardinal Healthcare/Welch Allyn.
  • Various supply issues from other suppliers on devices/covers, gradually being resolved throughout 2021.

Temporal Artery Thermometers

  • Reasonable ongoing supply of FWH160, FWH122, FWH221 and FWH238 however this category is particularly affected by erratic, large orders so this is a changeable area. All other non-contact suppliers have occasional supply.

Rigid Digital

  • Reasonable supply now of a few key options in this category, particularly FWH170 and FWH259.

Phase Change

  • Erratic supply of Tempadot product, however substantial ongoing supply of FWH172 (Nextemp – non sterile product)
  • These products provide a good alternative/backup for customers of all types of thermometers.

Next Steps:

  • Please see our Downloads ▼ section to refer to the product listing for further information on the affected product codes.
  • Customers are advised to log into our website to view the potential alternative products.
  • If you have any further questions, please contact your local NHS Supply Chain Customer Services Advisor.

Please note that due to the clinical nature of these alternative products we advise you to consult your own clinical experts to ensure suitability for your organisations use of these products.

Change:

The availability of Thermometers will be severely challenged during the COVID-19 response and continues to be. This is due to the uplift in the need for Thermometers in COVID-19 patients and restrictions in supply from the Far East. Therefore, many of the usual alternatives may not be available at this time.

We are currently facing challenges from some suppliers in all sub-categories of Thermometers, for example: Temporal Artery, Tympanic, Electronic, Phase Change and Rigid Digital.

Update:

  • An additional four product codes have been added to the product listing.
  • The product listing has been highlighted to reflect these changes.

Impact:

Tympanic Thermometers and Covers

  • Reduced range of both devices and covers. There are no supply issues with the core cover range from Welch Allyn (Braun) or Cardinal Health (Genius 3).
  • Other Welch Allyn devices are out of stock due to a component manufacturing issue which is expected to be resolved by the end of August 2020.

Electronic Thermometers and Covers

  • Supply issues with several Welch Allyn and Timesco devices or covers.
  • Other suppliers generally not available until late August or no confirmed date.

Temporal Artery Thermometers

  • Ongoing supply of FWH255 and FWH256.
  • All other non-contact suppliers have no stock until late August 2020 or with no anticipated date of resolution.

Rigid Digital

  • No supply of these devices with no stock anticipated before August 2020.
  • Customers will need to use a different thermometer category.

Phase Change

  • Substantial ongoing supply of FWH172 in addition to some supply of all other phase change thermometers.
  • These products provide a good alternative for customers.

Next Steps:

  • See our Downloads ▼ section for further information on the affected product codes.
  • Customers are advised to log into our website to view the potential alternative products. These are a temporary suggestion whilst the supply issues are occurring.
  • If you have any further questions, please contact your local NHS Supply Chain Customer Services Advisor.

Please note that due to the clinical nature of these alternative products we advise you to consult your own clinical experts to ensure suitability for your organisations use of these products.

Downloads ▼

  • 1050 Thermometers Product Listing

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