Lori Lee spends a lot of time trying to keep Connecticut’s largest health system stocked with medical supplies from IV lines to gauze bandages. It’s a job that’s gotten increasingly harder as unprecedented snarls have tied the supply chain in knots.

“There are probably hundreds of outages of items that we order that do not come in,” says Lee, senior vice president of clinical operations at Yale New Haven Health, which has annual revenue of $5.6 billion and five hospitals including in Bridgeport and Greenwich. She says the list of shortages includes basics such as IV tubing and catheters, which are used constantly in hospitals.

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