Smith & Nephew Expands ACTICOAT(TM) Product Portfolio

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., April 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — The Advanced Wound Management Division of Smith & Nephew, Inc., a subsidiary of Smith & Nephew plc (LSE: SN; NYSE: SNN) will launch extensions to its ACTICOAT(TM) Silver Coated Antimicrobial Barrier Dressing portfolio at the upcoming Symposium on Advanced Wound Care Spring meeting April 17-19, 2010, in Orlando, FL. The new dressings will be highlighted at the Smith & Nephew booth, #301.

The ACTICOAT range of antimicrobial dressings helps in the management of wounds at risk for infection.  The antimicrobial properties last up to seven days meaning fewer dressing changes. The launch of the ACTICOAT Flex 7 Ribbon and ACTICOAT Post-Op 4×13 3/4 wound dressings extend Smith & Nephew’s unique range of antimicrobial barrier dressings for use in chronic and acute wounds. The ACTICOAT portfolio utilizes Nanocrystalline silver technology to provide an effective barrier to more than 150 wound pathogens, including 188 strains of MRSA.

“ACTICOAT post op dressings may help manage the risk of post surgical infection, and the new longer size will work well for procedures associated with hip, ankle and tibial plateau fractures,” said Dr. Michael Suk, Associate Professor and Division Chief, Orthopaedic Trauma, University of Florida – Shands Jacksonville.  “The conformability of the ACTICOAT Flex 7 Ribbon makes it a good choice for cavity wounds which may be difficult to dress.”

“One of the core strategies of Smith & Nephew is putting the customer first. The new ACTICOAT line extensions were designed based on the demanding clinical needs of surgeons and wound care professionals,” said Tom Dugan, North American President, Smith & Nephew Advanced Wound Management. “We will continue to listen to feedback from our customers in order to provide cost effective products that optimize wound care in their practice, drive value for healthcare providers, and enhance patient safety, quality and comfort.”

ACTICOAT Post-Op 4 x 13 3/4

The ACTICOAT Post-Op 4×13 3/4 size was developed based on customer need for a longer post operative dressing for larger incision sites. Similar to the existing ACTICOAT post-op range, this new size has an absorbent hydrocellular foam core for cushioning and comfort, a Nanocrystalline silver coated perforated wound contact layer, and IV 3000, a waterproof top film that protects from exogenous bacteria.

ACTICOAT Flex 7 Ribbon

Based on the ACTICOAT Flex technology, the new ACTICOAT Flex 7 ribbon dressing is highly conformable and maintains contact with irregular wound surfaces and hard to dress wound areas, like cavity wounds that may have tunnelling or undermining. The antimicrobial barrier properties and the ability of the dressing to allow fluid to pass through has shown Flex 7 Ribbon to be compatible with negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) for a period of up to three days.

About SAWC Spring Meeting

The 23rd Annual SAWC/WHS Spring Meeting is the largest gathering of multidisciplinary wound care clinicians in the United States. It will be held from Saturday, April 17th to Tuesday, April 20th at the Gaylord Palms Hotel in Orlando, Florida.  For more information visit http://spring.sawc.net/legacy/spring09.html.

For more information about the ACTICOAT product range, please visit http://www.acticoat.com.

For more information about Smith & Nephew, please go to www.smith-nephew.com.

About Us

Smith & Nephew is a global medical technology business, specialising in Orthopaedics, including Reconstruction, Trauma and Clinical Therapies; Endoscopy and Advanced Wound Management.  Smith & Nephew is a global leader in arthroscopy and advanced wound management and is one of the leading global orthopaedics companies.

Smith & Nephew is dedicated to helping improve people’s lives.  The Company prides itself on the strength of its relationships with its surgeons and professional healthcare customers, with whom its name is synonymous with high standards of performance, innovation and trust.  The Company operates in 32 countries around the world.  Annual sales in 2009 were nearly $3.8 billion.

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