DUBLIN, Ohio — Cardinal Health Inc. has unveiled a new home health care line called Hospital Quality at Home, which includes a range of over-the-counter products to help patients transition care from the hospital to their home.
Cardinal said Tuesday that the new brand encompasses a full assortment of hospital-quality health products, which are grouped in advanced wound care, first aid, personal care and home health care categories.
Targeted at consumers — including family members and caregivers of patients leaving the hospital — the products are designed to provide comfort and independence while promoting healing, Cardinal noted. The company introduced the brand to consumers in a digital video (see below) that also highlights Cardinal’s health care and medical product expertise.
Select Hospital Quality at Home products are available nationally at Amazon.com and are sold locally at select Meijer pharmacy locations in the Midwest and Bartell Drugs stores in Washington state.
Hospital Quality at Home advanced wound care products address a wide range of needs that aid healing, offer long-lasting protection, and help provide a moist environment to promote wound healing. Cardinal said the products can be used for local wounds, such as blisters, minor cuts and scrapes, early stage bed sores, minor burns and minor surgical wounds.
The brand’s first aid products are designed for treatment from unexpected or expected events. The selection of thermal products provides short-term pain relief for minor injuries, bruises, strains and post-surgery via hot/cold therapy.
Meanwhile, the Hospital Quality at Home personal care line, for men and women with incontinence, includes underwear, briefs, and protective pads and guards. The products are designed to offer advanced core protection to lock in moisture and control odor to keep the wearer dry and on the go, Cardinal said.
The brand’s home health care solutions include products to improve safety, comfort and mobility, such as bath safety, toilet accessories, daily living aids, canes and crutches, walkers and wheelchairs, which also cater to bariatric patients.
“Whether personally affected or acting as a loved one’s caregiver, the focus should remain on a fast and safe recovery,” Heather O’Sullivan, vice president of clinical operations for Cardinal Health, said in a statement. “We remain committed to keeping the quality of patient care at the forefront, which is why Hospital Quality at Home products are a natural next step for our business.”
Each year, hospitals discharge 35.1 million patients, 65% of whom are discharged to the home setting for care, Cardinal reported. However, one in five patients are readmitted within 30 days of discharge, underscoring the need for effective — and affordable — post-hospital care, the company said.
Hospital Quality at Home is intended to do just that: provide patients, family members and caregivers cost-efficient ways to manage care at home. According to research cited by Cardinal, almost 40 million Americans provide unpaid care to an adult, and demand for family caregivers stands to rise by 85% over the next few decades.
About 46% of caregivers who provide complex chronic care perform medical and nursing tasks, and they cited help with assistive mobility devices, wound care, incontinence products and durable medical equipment as the most difficult, Cardinal reported.
“We understand that providing access to the same quality products used in hospitals can positively impact many lives,” O’Sullivan added.