McGAW PARK, Ill. (Jan.15)—Cardinal Health Inc. has signed two three-year agreements to provide disposable protective apparel to Premier Inc., an alliance of more than 200 U.S. hospitals and health care systems.
The first pact covers isolation and cover gowns, lab coats, coveralls and scrubs. The second is for headgear and footwear. The products are used in a number of settings, including emergency rooms, labor and delivery, clinical laboratories and operating rooms.
Premier's health care systems operate or are affiliated with more than 1,500 hospitals and hundreds of other health care sites, a Cardinal Health spokeswoman said. Premier members buy more that $17 billion in supplies and equipment annually through group purchasing contracts, she said.