COVID-19 care kits have been rolled out in communities across the country, from healthcare providers and facilities to recipients in need.
Kitting Providers Contribute to Patient Wellness
Local municipalities and hospitals can help to better care for the community and patients by providing kits with basic care items and supplies that help care for COVID-19-positive patients. Healthcare kits are nothing new and are used to contribute to patient wellness for a variety of conditions. Consulting with an experienced kitting provider can help healthcare providers focus on what they do best, provide medical care to the community without jeopardizing resources to assemble critical and comfort items for patients.
What are COVID Care Kits and Care Kit Programs?
COVID care kit programs have been developed in many communities, such as Detroit, with the Henry Ford Innovation Institute creating Covid care kits to be rolled out to all Henry Ford hospitals in the Metro Detroit, Michigan, areas. The need arose from the number of patients testing positive for COVID-19 and being sent home to recover when physicians realized they needed a way to provide guidance, comfort, and care to those patients while still focusing on critically ill patients.
Another Covid care kit program in central Virginia realized patients testing positive for a COVID-19 infection and isolating would face limitations in accessing food and other necessities. This care kit program partnered with local food pantries to include meals for the elderly and for patients with financial or transportation needs.
What Items Are in a Covid Care Kit?
The items in any particular COVID care kit may depend on the location and organization providing the items. Typical items include:
- Pulse oximeter – this simple device measures pulse rate and the amount of oxygen in the blood.
- Thermometer – to help keep track of your temperature and the severity and progression of disease
- Hand sanitizer and antibacterial wipes – to help prevent the spread of the virus
- Facemasks– to protect others
- COVID test kits – to test other household members or future infections
- Gatorade – the electrolytes treat the dehydration that occurs with COVID-19
- Resources – a log to keep track of symptoms, what to do and phone numbers to call if symptoms worsen
- Food assistance – or information on community resources
Healthcare Kits for Other Illnesses
Healthcare kits can help organizations to demonstrate their commitment to the community and patient wellness. Healthcare kits can streamline discharge instructions and provide patients with additional items and resources quickly, with one kitted solution. Healthcare kits are used in many hospitals and healthcare settings with a range of options, including:
- Healthy moms and baby kits
These can include prenatal kits for OB/GYN patients that may include information and resources. Kits for new mothers and newborns may include new baby items and support for new mothers.
- Pre- and post-surgery kits
Instructions to prepare for surgery and discharge instructions for patients after operative procedures help physicians to better care for their patients.
- Chronic illness
Many conditions like asthma, COPD, diabetes, and other chronic conditions can be better treated when patients are better informed and equipped with the tools to treat their condition.
- Acute illness
Illnesses like COVID-19, other respiratory viruses, and the flu can come on quickly and be scary for patients. Having items and information to help them better cope helps healthcare facilities to maintain a higher level of care for all patients.
The evidence is clear that healthcare kits, including COVID-19 care kits, are a good thing for both patients and healthcare providers. Working with an experienced kitting provider allows healthcare organizations to focus on what they do best and know that their kitted items will be ready when needed.
Healthcare and COVID-19 Care Kit Provider
Peoria Production Solutions, PPS, provides kitting and assembly services for a wide range of products and components, including nutraceuticals and healthcare items. We provide cost-efficient kitting and production solutions to help companies of all sizes meet their production goals. PPS offers a modern, state-of-the-art facility, automated equipment, and a highly trained staff following strict quality policies.
Peoria Production Solutions is an ISO9001:2015 registered kitting provider for healthcare items, nutraceuticals, supplements, first-aid kits, the beverage industry, and many other products and components. Contact us to learn more and to improve your kitting and assembly of healthcare and COVID care kits.
The nutraceutical and dietary supplement industries are big business surpassing $81 billion in 2021 and expected to grow twofold through 2031 according to market research data. Growth is attributed to a significant increase in demand for alternative pharmaceutical products and a growing geriatric population. Nutraceutical and supplement companies understand that packaging plays a vital role in their ability to sell their products.
Why Supplement Packaging Is so Important
Packaging for vitamin and supplement products often determines whether a product will end up in a consumer’s shopping cart. This applies to both physical shopping carts in brick-and-mortar stores and online shopping carts when shopping digitally. The right type of supplement packaging attracts consumers and directly impacts a company’s success by performing three critical roles:
- Attract – Company and product branding
- Inform – Product information for consumers
- Protect – Product protection
Company and product branding
Supplement packaging must be eye-catching and appealing to consumers to stand out in a highly competitive market. Packaging can promote your company’s core principles and relay to consumers at a glance why they should buy your product. Flexible packaging continues to increase in usage as companies reduce their carbon footprint and consumers demand more eco-friendly packaging solutions. Many materials and embellishments are available, and auto bag filling can provide efficient packaging cost savings. Companies can quickly communicate to consumers their important company information and brand, and environmental practices through packaging.
Product information for consumers
Supplement product information is valuable to consumers and should be easily visible on the supplement packaging. Key ingredients and benefits of the product can be quickly explained to consumers through supplement packaging, with many reasons why this product is superior to others. Attracting consumers through appealing and informational packaging is critical for supplement companies.
Supplement product protection through packaging
One of the main goals of supplement packaging is to protect the product inside, which means supplement packaging must perform dual roles of attracting customers while maintaining product freshness and quality. Supplement packaging must ensure that all contents reach the consumer in prime condition. Supplement packaging options today include a wide variety of materials and methods to protect and promote nutraceutical and supplement products.
Types of Supplement Packaging
Some of the types of supplement packaging used to protect products and appeal to consumers include flexible bags, cardboard blister packs which contain pills or capsules, foil blister packs, dry powder supplements packaged in pouches, bottles, or rigid containers, cartons, and a variety of flexible packaging materials. Working with an experienced contract packaging company can help you understand your options for packaging your nutraceutical or supplement products.
Packaging Requirements for Supplement Products
In order for supplement packaging to fully protect the products inside, they should contain barriers that prevent exposure to moisture and oxygen with resistance to extreme temperatures that could alter product quality or damage the product altogether.
In addition to providing product protection, supplement packaging should include childproof opening options to prevent accidental ingestion as well as spillproof functionality such as easy open pouches or bottles. Resealable options are important to consumers for convenience and help to maintain product integrity. Some supplement products should be offered in single-use, convenient pouches with easy tear openings for use during travel or on the go.
Supplement Packaging Considerations
Speak with an experienced nutraceutical and supplement packaging provider to learn more about your options, and consider the following factors for your supplement packaging needs:
- The size of the product, whether pills, capsules, or gummies
- Quantity of powder form that must be packaged
- Ideal packaging type; bottle, bag, box, etc…
- Weigh count or volumetric scale quantity verification methods
- Quantity of product per package
- Packaging/project volume needs
- Labeling requirements
- Number of units per shipping container
Supplement Packaging Provider
Peoria Production Solutions, PPS, has been providing high-quality and cost-efficient contract packaging solutions to companies of all sizes for more than 80 years. We continually invest in our staff and resources, offering high-tech automated equipment and a dedicated team committed to quality work processes that meet all customer specifications in a variety of wrapping and packaging procedures.
PPS offers wrapping and packaging solutions, including secondary packaging, repackaging, auto bagging, bag filling, and a variety of flexible packaging solutions. Learn how outsourcing your packaging needs to a contract packaging company can improve your bottom line with improved quality and on-time deliveries. Contact us to learn more about improving your supplement packaging processes.
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Secondary packaging describes the type of packaging that protects products inside and is often the first thing customers see when picking products off the shelf. Unlike primary packaging, which comes in direct contact with the product, secondary packaging adds another layer of protection and an opportunity to create brand awareness with marketing and product information.