Nearly 14 million people worldwide keep kosher and in the United States, alone, there are nearly 8 million Jewish practitioners. While kosher healthcare is not nearly as important as sterility, both contribute to the outcome of patient health and the ability to provide effective patient-centered care. In today’s post, we are going to provide some insight as to why HR Pharmaceuticals has gone the extra mile to ensure that all of our products, including Surgilube® Surgical Lubricant and HR Lubricating Jelly, are kosher.
Before we jump right into why kosher care is important in the medical industry, let’s discuss what kosher is and how it impacts healthcare. Kosher is a term that is used to describe the strict biblical diet that a Jewish person may follow. It is important to understand that not all Jewish practitioners keep strictly kosher and some may keep kosher only on religious holidays or for traditional religious meals; in other words, never assume. While most dietary restrictions dictate what foods or ingredients are consumed, kosher refers to the ingredients and end product as well as the production method. For instance, not only should dairy and meat not be consumed in the same meal, they should not be prepared together. To be a certified kosher product, a Jewish rabbi must inspect the production line to ensure that all processes and ingredients adhere to the strict biblical law.
At HR Pharmaceuticals, we are proud to be an industry leader in all things medical lubricants. Our products are trusted by medical professionals and their patients around the world. Not only do our products and ingredients help medical professionals get the job done, but our goals also focus on patient comfort and satisfaction. All of our manufacturing plants are rabbi approved and kosher certified in an effort to provide high-quality products to all patients.
Nutrition and Diets are Essential to Healing and Recovery
One of the most important elements of healing and recovery — and, prevention, for that matter — is proper nutrition. Research has yielded mountains of evidence that support the fact that proper nutrition aids and speeds up the healing process, whereas poor nutrition can worsen conditions and promote complications that include infection. For those inpatients that subscribe to a religious or medical diet, if their needs are not met, they may not eat. This not only affects calories but essential protein and vitamin and mineral intake. By ensuring that your facility has the means to provide patient-centered meals to all patients, you can predict that compliance rates improve and outcomes are better.
Healthcare is Inclusive
As we mentioned at the beginning of this post, more than 14 million people worldwide are strictly kosher and more than 8 million Americans consume kosher diets at some point. To properly care for every patient who enters your facility, you must be able to do so without bias in a clinical setting that provides a holistic approach. Healthcare and your care should not exclude a patient based on religious practice or dietary restrictions. Excluding one population potentially excludes all populations, and it is our belief that all people should have an equal opportunity for high-quality medical care.
If your medical lubricant is not kosher, now is the time to rethink your supplier. At HR Pharmaceuticals, we have made it a point to ensure that our products are safe for use on all patients. Whether you need a sterile surgical lubricant — try Surgilube — or a general-purpose medical lubricating jelly, we have what you need. All of our products are available in multi-use tubes and single-use foil packs to meet the specific medical requirements while keeping your patients in mind as people. Join us in the global movement to make healthcare inclusive and shop our online inventory today.