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Smith & Nephew unveils two new Negative Pressure Wound Therapy products

Smith & Nephew Woundcare : 03 March, 2008  (New Product)
Smith & Nephew’s Advanced Wound Management business unit has launched two new Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NPWT) products as part of its complete portfolio of wound management products, thereby offering proven solutions across the continuum of wound care.
With the two new additions, Smith & Nephew is the first and only wound care company to provide a complete portfolio of advanced wound care solutions including negative pressure wound therapy.

The Vista and Ezcare products, acquired from BlueSky Medical in May 2007, are part of Smith & Nephew’s range of customer solutions for hard-to-heal wounds and are the cornerstone of Smith & Nephew’s global NPWT business.

The NPWT global market is the fastest growing segment of the wound care market, estimated to be worth $1.6 billion in 2008. The launch of the new products will allow Smith & Nephew to enter into a rapidly expanding area of the market that grew at an annual rate in excess of 15 percent in the USA and 28 percent in non-US markets.

NPWT, through the application of sub-atmospheric pressure, can be used to treat chronic wounds such as diabetic ulcers, pressure sores, and post-operative and hard-to-heal wounds more efficiently and effectively than ever before. The addition of NPWT products makes Smith & Nephew the only company to offer a complete portfolio of advanced wound care solutions to help physicians treat a broad range of wounds. Smith & Nephew can now help physicians select the treatment path most appropriate for the requirements of each wound.

In October 2007 Smith & Nephew announced it had reached an agreement with Universal Hospital Services (UHS) to bring its NPWT products to the US rental market through UHS, focusing on the US Acute Care market. UHS is a leading medical equipment lifecycle services company, operating through more than 80 offices across the USA.

UHS’s diverse customer base includes more than 3,800 acute care hospitals. The combination of Smith & Nephew’s NPWT product portfolio, with the medical equipment management and logistics support of UHS will provide customers with the most efficient access to this advanced wound treatment technology.

Joe Woody, president, Advanced Wound Management said, “Following the acquisition of Blue Sky in 2007, we are very excited to launch our new NPWT franchise, which gives Smith & Nephew the opportunity to offer physicians an additional weapon in their armoury to treat serious wounds. Smith & Nephew now provides wound treatment solutions that can treat the full spectrum of wounds. This is a highly underserved market and we look forward to introducing Vista and Ezcare to the market in the coming weeks. This product area fits perfectly in our company’s portfolio of products all dedicated to improving patients lives.”

Robin Carlstein, senior vice president NPWT Strategic Business Unit said, “We plan to leverage Smith & Nephew’s key strengths in attractive market segments in advanced wound management, including NPWT, infection management, foams and surgical Settings. The company will support the global launch of the Vista and Ezcare products with a comprehensive offering of training and educational services, as well as providing clinical evidence across the global reach, to assist the medical staff in incorporating NPWT into their wound care practices.”
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