Fresenius Medical Care Introduces WetAlert™ Wireless Wetness Detector Designed to Prevent Blood Loss During Home Dialysis

  Fresenius Medical Care Introduces WetAlert™ Wireless Wetness Detector
  Designed to Prevent Blood Loss During Home Dialysis

Business Wire

WALTHAM, Mass. -- February 11, 2013

Fresenius Medical Care (NYSE: FMS), the world’s largest provider of dialysis
products and services, announced today its introduction of the WetAlert
wireless wetness detector, designed to detect venous needle displacement and
prevent blood loss for dialysis patients at home. The WetAlert transmitter is
the only device in the U.S. market that senses moisture at the venous needle
site and sets off a process to automatically stop the blood pump, close the
venous clamp, display a visual alarm, and sound an audible alarm. The device
transmits radio signals directly to the 2008K@home machine. It is unique and
highly effective in design, and reusable for up to six months.

Venous needle dislodgement (VND) is a potential, serious complication related
to dialysis therapy. If the venous needle becomes dislodged or disconnected
from the patient’s vascular access, it could cause the patient to hemmorhage.

“The WetAlert wireless wetness detector is a brand new option that may help
reduce the fear of blood leaks during home dialysis because the blood pump
stops on the 2008K@home machine, thereby decreasing the amount of potential
blood loss if VND occurs,” said Dr. Jose Diaz-Buxo, MD, FACP, Chief Medical
Officer at Fresenius Medical Care. Recently, the U.S. Food and Drug
Administration (FDA) cleared the WetAlert wireless wetness detector for use.

About Fresenius Medical Care North America

Through our leading network of more than 2,100 dialysis facilities in North
America and our vascular access centers, laboratory, pharmacy and affiliated
hospitals and nephrology practices, Fresenius Medical Care provides renal
services to hundreds of thousands of people throughout the United States,
Mexico and Canada. We are also the continent's top producer of dialysis
equipment, dialyzers and related disposable products and a major supplier of
renal pharmaceuticals. For more information about the company, visit
www.fmcna.com; for information about patient services, visit
www.ultracare-dialysis.com

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Indications for Use: The Fresenius 2008K@home is indicated for acute and
chronic dialysis therapy in an acute or chronic facility. The 2008K@home is
also intended for hemodialysis in the home and must be observed by a trained
and qualified person as prescribed by their physician. The WetAlert wireless
wetness detector is indicated for use with the Fresenius 2008K@home
hemodialysis machine and is an optional accessory to aid in the detection of
blood and water leaks during hemodialysis. Home hemodialysis using the
detector must be observed by a trained and qualified person as prescribed by
their physician.

Caution: Federal (US) law restricts this device to sale by or on the order of
a physician or other licensed practitioner. For safe and proper use of this
device refer to the device Instructions for Use.

Contact:

Media contact:
Fresenius Medical Care
Jon Stone, 1-781-699-9704 / voice
jonathan.d.stone@fmc-na.com
or
Company contact:
Fresenius Medical Care
Terri Bonadio, 1-704-488-5562 / voice
terri.bonadio@fmc-na.com
 
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