Kimberly-Clark Introduces Innovative Smart-Fold Sterilization Wrap Designed With 64% Greater Strength

 Kimberly-Clark Introduces Innovative Smart-Fold Sterilization Wrap Designed
                          With 64% Greater Strength

- New sterilization packaging meets demanding needs in the sterile processing
department and operating room -

PR Newswire

ROSWELL, Ga., Oct. 25, 2012

ROSWELL, Ga., Oct. 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Kimberly-Clark today announced the
launch of Kimguard Smart-Fold Sterilization Wrap, an innovative sterilization
packaging designed to provide the durability necessary for the most demanding
applications. Smart-Fold features triple-layer reinforcement, making it 64
percent more durable than the leading sterilization wrap, to protect the
heaviest procedure trays and loaner sets from tears and cuts that can occur
during handling. The extra reinforcement also translates to fewer trays being
returned for reprocessing.

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Smart-Fold Wrap was developed in collaboration with sterilization
professionals from around the world to meet customers' need for extra
protection for sterilized surgical instruments. Its patented design is
engineered to fit the most challenging procedure trays and reduce waste. The
innovative positioning strips allow for 59 percent faster wrapping, resulting
in less physical strain on staff and less training time. In fact, 96 percent
of users indicated that Smart-Fold is easier to use.

"Kimberly-Clark is at the forefront of bringing product innovation to the
healthcare market and Smart-Fold is no exception. This wrap is our latest
breakthrough to address a wide range of sterilization needs," said John Amat,
Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Kimberly-ClarkHealth Care. "As
industry leaders in sterilization packaging, we worked with over 2,000
customers around the world to develop Smart-Fold, and we are thrilled to
introduce this new wrap that is dramatically stronger--by design. Smart-Fold
provides the durability and extra protection to support the most challenging
and difficult applications."

In addition to its unique design and triple-layer reinforcement for
durability, Smart-Fold also includes the Quick Check feature, combining a blue
wrap layer with a white inner layer so users can quickly and easily identify
if sterility has been breached.

"Kimberly-Clark really takes the time to understand the challenges users face
with processing and handling heavier instruments and loaner trays," said Mark
Duro, Manager of the Central Sterile Processing Department at a leading
orthopedic hospital. "We worked closely with Kimberly-Clark during the product
development phase to provide detailed feedback along the way. We imparted our
expertise and that will ultimately help our own central services and operating
room staff to experience greater efficiencies."

Kimguard Smart-Fold Sterilization Wrap will begin to be available starting in
late 2012 in the heaviest grade, KC650, and will continue to roll out through
2013. For further information, visit www.smart-fold.com.

Kimberly-Clark in the Healthcare Environment
Around the world, medical professionals turn to Kimberly-Clark for a wide
portfolio of solutions that improve the health, hygiene and well-being of
their patients and staff. As part of their healing mission, caregivers rely on
Kimberly-Clark to deliver clinical solutions, hygiene & cleaning offerings,
and educational resources that they can depend on to prevent, diagnose and
manage a wide variety of healthcare-associated infections. This more than $1
billion global enterprise of Kimberly-Clark Corporation holds the No. 1 or No.
2 market share position in several categories, including infection control
solutions, surgical solutions, pain management, hygiene solutions and
digestive health. And throughout the care continuum, patients and staff alike
trust Kimberly-Clark medical supplies and devices, KLEENEX tissues, KLEENEX &
SCOTT skin care products and SCOTT towels for day-to-day needs. For more
information, visit http://www.kchealthcare.com and
http://www.kcprofessional.com.

About Kimberly-Clark
Kimberly-Clark and its well-known global brands are an indispensable part of
life for people in more than 175 countries. Every day, nearly a quarter of the
world's population trust K-C's brands and the solutions they provide to
enhance their health, hygiene and well-being. With brands such as Kleenex,
Scott, Huggies, Pull-Ups, Kotex and Depend, Kimberly-Clark holds the No. 1 or
No. 2 share position in more than 80 countries. To keep up with the latest K-C
news and to learn more about the company's 140-year history of innovation,
visit www.kimberly-clark.com.

SOURCE Kimberly-Clark Health Care

Website: http://www.smart-fold.com
Website: http://www.kchealthcare.com
Contact: Laura Weitzenhoff, Schwartz MSL, +1-781-684-0770,
KCHC@schwartzmsl.com
 
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