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Smith and Nephew partners Apria to develop NPWT solutions for US home care sector

Smith & Nephew Woundcare : 20 May, 2008  (Company News)
The Advanced Wound Management division of Smith and Nephew has entered into a preferred provider agreement with Apria Healthcare to work together to provide negative pressure wound therapy to the US home care market.
Apria will serve as its preferred provider of Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NPWT) products in the US homecare market. The distribution agreement covers rental of Smith and Nephew’s Ezcare and V1sta product systems and sale of associated disposables.

Following the acquisition of BlueSky Medical in May 2007, Smith and Nephew is the first and only wound care company to provide a complete portfolio of advanced wound care solutions including negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT). NPWT is a technology used to treat chronic wounds such as diabetic ulcers, pressure ulcers, as well as post-operative and hard-to-heal wounds. It aids in the healing of open wounds by the application of sub-atmospheric pressure.

Robin Carlstein, senior vice president NPWT Strategic Business Unit, said “This agreement allows us to collaborate with a company with leadership in the provision of specialty products and services to US homecare patients to create momentum in the market by offering a fresh perspective on NPWT.”

Smith and Nephew’s advanced wound management portfolio now includes:

Ezcare - A NPWT system that is designed for simple operation to minimize training requirements and improve efficiency. The system has a long battery life, safety alarms, patient lockout and a quiet operation. It also operates at lower vacuum levels enhancing patient comfort and compliance.

V1sta - A NPWT system that is lightweight and easily portable. The device incorporates a range of safety features such as low vacuum alarms for detection of leaks and sensing technology to protect against high vacuum levels.

Both NPWT systems are designed to be used with a range of wound sealing dressing kits, and canisters now offered by Smith and Nephew. The Ezcare and V1sta systems involve simple dressing changes that take less nursing time and are easy to learn and teach.

Joe Woody, president of the Advanced Wound Management division, said “The combination of Smith and Nephew’s advanced technology products and Apria Healthcare’s logistics and service expertise and nationwide network will bring greater choice to patients. Smith and Nephew is committed to helping people regain their lives by providing solutions for their advanced wound care needs.”
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