Dear Supply department,
Thanks for the note telling me the dressings I ordered to cover Mr. X's wound are back ordered. Two weeks should be ok, I am using sections of the cardboard box the supplies were shipped in as a substitute until you can get your act together.
Dear Funding Agency,
See above. That is why you need to let our office keep some supplies on hand.
I'm having a great deal of trouble reconciling your actions. Three months ago I witnessed you refusing to re-use perfectly good and unused large envelopes that are included in each patient chart due to concerns about infection. Ditto AA Batteries. I am still trying to figure out how the unused batteries for IV pumps would be an infection control hazard: if some patient decides to stick an AA battery in any orifice - natural or created by one of our less than skillful surgeons, that is not going to be his major problem. Heck - it might help.
Now I read that unused medical supplies that previously were only good enough to send to Haiti, if they come from 'clean' homes can be used to stock our supply closet.