Medline is Awarded Premier Contract for OR Safety Products

MUNDELEIN, Ill. -- Medline Industries, Inc., a leading manufacturer and distributor of healthcare supplies, recently signed a national agreement to provide operating room safety products to members of Premier Purchasing Partners, LP., one of the nation's largest health care group purchasing organizations. The contract was developed in direct response to the Joint Commission's new national Patient Safety Goals.

"This is an extremely important contract for us because Medline is committed to doing everything we can to help our customers comply with national patient safety initiatives from not only the Joint Commission, but also, the Surgical Care Improvement Project and IHI's 100,000 Lives campaign, said Jim O'Brien, president of anesthesia and OR necessities.

The multi-source agreement, to be fully implemented Sept. 1, 2006, and effective through July 31, 2009, will provide significant savings to the nearly 1,500 hospital members of Premier's group purchasing arm.  The agreement covers numerous OR safety products  including sterile standard and blank label sheets, skin markers (with rulers and labels), transfer trays, tube/cord holders and scalpel holders ­- important products to help hospitals with sharps safety, correct site incision and drug identification.

Source: Premier, Inc. and Medline Industries, Inc.