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.