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UHS to distribute Smith and Nephew's Negative Pressure Wound Therapy products

Smith & Nephew Woundcare : 16 October, 2007  (New Product)
The Advanced Wound Management business unit of Smith and Nephew has reached an agreement with Universal Hospital Services (UHS) to bring the company’s Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NPWT) products to the US rental market.
UHS has more than 65 years of experience renting, managing and servicing medical equipment for the US health care industry.

The distribution agreement covers Smith and Nephew's Ezcare and Vista product systems focusing on the US Acute Care market. UHS will support Smith and Nephew's clinical platform in providing comprehensive wound rentals, logistics and distribution support to customers.

UHS is a leading medical equipment lifecycle services company in the USA, operating through more than 80 offices and serving health care customers in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The diverse UHS customer base includes more than 3,800 acute care hospitals.

The combination of Smith and Nephew's newly acquired NPWT product portfolio, with the medical equipment management and logistics support of UHS, is intended to provide customers with the most efficient access to this advanced technology for the solution of their wound care needs.

Joe Woody, president of the Advanced Wound Management division said, 'I believe this alliance allows us to deliver our innovative customer solutions with the right customer focus.' Robin Carlstein, senior vice president - NPWT Strategic Business Unit added, 'This is a great combination of two companies providing leadership in their respective business areas; Smith and Nephew in wound management and UHS’s medical equipment management and logistics expertise.'

Gary D Blackford, chairman and CEO of UHS commented: 'Our new relationship with Smith and Nephew will bring more competition in the area of equipment based wound care therapies, and more comprehensive solutions for the treatment of wounds for patients. This is a win for both patients and caregivers.'
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