Operation Desert Storm:

Army Medical Supply Issues

NSIAD-93-206: Published: Aug 11, 1993. Publicly Released: Aug 11, 1993.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the adequacy of medical supply inventories at Army hospitals deployed during the Persian Gulf conflict.

GAO found that: (1) 10 of the 15 hospitals reviewed reported shortages of some medical supplies during Operation Desert Storm; (2) the extent of shortages experienced by the hospitals could not be determined due to incomplete and inconsistent data; (3) the Army's policy restricting the use of war reserve stocks for contingencies limited the release of medical supplies during the Persian Gulf conflict; (4) the Army deployed medical supplies that were only available within the Defense Personnel Support Center wholesale supply system; (5) commercial medical suppliers filed most requisitions during the Persian Gulf conflict; (6) the Army plans to fully stock a number of hospitals and at least one medical supply center with medical supplies to ensure rapid deployment; and (7) the Army plans to reduce the number of stockpiles to support regional contingencies and revise the accountability and management policies for its war reserve program.

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