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Cardinal Health agrees Presource custom procedure packs deal with Premier

Cardinal Health : 16 July, 2008  (Company News)
Cardinal Health has signed an agreement to offer Presource custom procedure packs and Convertors surgical drapes and gowns to the 2,000 US hospitals and 53,000 other health care sites that are members of Premier, one of the USA’s largest group purchasing organizations.
The five-year agreement is effective January 1, 2009. Under terms of the contract, Cardinal Health will provide Premier members with custom procedure packs and surgical drapes and gowns for all areas within the acute care hospital and surgery center environment, including the operating room, labour and delivery, cardiac catheterization lab and interventional radiology lab.

Convertors leading brand of surgical drapes and gowns offers a variety of infection prevention products designed to meet clinician needs and the unique requirements of various procedure types. Premier members can purchase Convertors single-use surgical drapes and gowns in bulk, as single-sterile units or as part of a Presource custom procedure pack.

Presource custom procedure packs, which contain key surgical items needed for specific procedures, help standardise product selection and reduce the amount of clinician time spent gathering surgical materials.

“This contract demonstrates that Premier values our ability to offer an integrated drape, gown and custom pack solution to its members,” said Gordon LaFortune, president of infection prevention for Cardinal Health. “By combining Convertors high quality infection-prevention surgical drapes and gowns with Presource packs, we can deliver Premier members an excellent source of products and services for their operating rooms.”

Cardinal Health will also offer its Preferred Choice Program, Standard Kit and other solutions to assist Premier members in improving product standardisation and cost management. Through its Preferred Choice Program, Cardinal Health works with each customer to identify all products needed for a Presource pack, and then recommends clinically equivalent options for those products.

By providing alternatives that are of high clinical quality, this program helps customers reduce supply costs while maintaining their focus on safety and infection prevention.

”This expanded agreement complements our current relationship with Premier and enables us to provide a full range of integrated kitting and surgical drape and gown solutions to help Premier’s membership improve safety, productivity and patient care,” said Steve Inacker, president and general manager of Cardinal Health’s Presource Products and Services business.

Cardinal Health has also recently been awarded Premier contracts for third-party scope repair, pulmonary function and metabolic analysers and medication and supply automation products.
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