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Providing Quality Care Beyond the Hospital Walls: Medical Supplies for Health Systems’ Non-Acute Facilities

Health systems aim to provide high-quality care from hospital to home. While acute inpatient facilities may be the anchor, non-acute care settings like ambulatory surgery centers, wound care clinics, infusion centers, and medical offices play an integral role in population health, preventing unnecessary hospitalizations and supporting patients’ transitions of care. Equipping these facilities with reliable access to essential supplies promotes delivery of safe, effective treatment.

To meet non-acute care sites’ unique needs, health systems require a specialized wholesaler attuned to the settings’ variable patient volumes and medication/supply needs. Rather than taking a one-size-fits-all approach, an ideal partner offers flexible purchasing options to align inventories and costs with actual demand. Meeting customers where they are, such a distributor provides consultation for optimizing stock levels and clinician productivity.

On the clinical side, ensuring prompt access to diabetic supplies, wound care products, IV therapy components, orthopedic goods, PPE, and more facilitates high-quality care in outpatient environments. Consider key categories:

Diabetic Supplies

With diabetes prevalence growing yearly, managing blood glucose is a major focus in non-acute facilities. Test strips, lancets, alcohol pads, insulin syringes, and pen needles rank among the most-used diabetic supplies. As patients visit clinics for A1C checks, diabetes education, or foot examinations, accurate blood glucose readings guide clinical decisions. Bulk diabetic supply purchasing through a single wholesaler simplifies logistics while containing expenses.

Wound Care

From simple bandages to negative pressure wound therapy systems, wound care necessities enable healing of pressure injuries, vascular ulcers, surgical wounds, and trauma-related lesions. Hyperbaric oxygen chambers also help resolve certain injuries unresponsive to other interventions. As treatment complexes care for growing wound care patient censuses, a reliable wholesale source for collagen fillers, hydrogels, antimicrobial dressings, compression supplies, and durable medical equipment is indispensable.

IV Sets and Solutions

Home health agencies, infusion centers, and clinics managing patients with poor oral intake require reliable access to IV fluids, tubing, pumps, and cannulas. Whether adult patients need extra hydration or pediatric patients require parenteral nutrition, IV therapy facilitates care. Bulking up on commonly used solutions and administration sets allows clinicians to initiate infusions without delay.

Orthopedic Supplies

From clinic casting materials to postoperative bracing, orthopedic supplies play key roles across non-acute settings. Plaster and fiberglass casting products immobilize fractures before and after surgical fixation. Gel padding and stockinettes prevent skin complications. Post-op, ACL/rotator cuff braces and ambulation aids get patients moving again during rehabilitation. Relying on a single wholesale source streamlines the supply chain.

Syringes and Safety Needles

Administering injections requires reliable inventory of the right needle sizes, syringe capacities, and safety devices. Offering convenience-packed trays containing common proportions (e.g. 1mL syringe + 23G needle) eliminates clinicians’ assembly burden while enhancing safety. Whether a clinic stocks up on flu shots, trigger point injections dominate an interventional pain practice, or home health nurses need tuberculin syringes, a medical supplies wholesaler meets variable needs.

Exam Gloves + Masks

PPE protects both patients and staff by preventing transmission of pathogens in exam rooms and treatment areas. Powder-free nitrile gloves resisting punctures and tears should be stocked to fit all clinicians’ hand sizes. Procedure masks catch respiratory droplets during patient encounters. Though acute sites faced dire shortages early in the pandemic, an established wholesale partner helps non-acute settings avoid similar situations through reliable bulk deliveries.

At Grapevine, we aim to be that optimal wholesale partner for health systems’ non-acute facilities. Our medical supply experts consult with clients to deeply understand their workflows, volumes, and continuum role. Leveraging real-time data and analytics, we help optimize on-site inventory levels so you have what you need when you need it – without overstocking. 

Through our digital platform, we simplify reordering and provide transparency into usage analytics so we can refine together over time. We facilitate just-in-time supply delivery to align with actual consumption patterns. If an unexpected need for a certain product arises, we leverage our extensive network to fulfill requests rapidly. Ultimately, we act as an extension of your own supply chain to maximize clinical productivity and patient care quality across the care continuum. 

The Grapevine team is ready to revolutionize your health system’s non-acute supply chain management. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and demo.

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