U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Chooses ViaValve™ Safety IV Catheter for Dallas VA Medical Center

  U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Chooses ViaValve™ Safety IV Catheter for
  Dallas VA Medical Center

Business Wire

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- April 30, 2013

Smiths Medical, a leading global medical device manufacturer, announced today
that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs awarded Smiths Medical a contract
to purchase the company's Jelco^® brand ViaValve™ Safety IV Catheters for its
Dallas VA Medical Center.

"Providing the highest quality medical devices and technology to serve
America’s Veterans is an honor for Smiths Medical," said Srini Seshadri,
President, Smiths Medical. “Our ViaValve™ Safety IV Catheter is the latest
advancement in IV catheter safety. It is one example of our mission is to
produce innovative medical products that promote patient, clinician and
healthcare worker safety while supporting the best possible clinical outcome.
We appreciate the selection of ViaValve™ by the Dallas VAMC for the care of
those who have borne the battle."

ViaValve™ Safety IV Catheters are built on the proven Jelco^® IV Catheter
platform that has been a favorite with clinicians for nearly two decades,
which contain a unique valve inside the hub that impedes blood flow from the
patient’s vein upon initial venipuncture. This helps reduce the risk of blood
exposure and possible contamination by maintaining a clean access site,
preventing the transfer of blood borne pathogens from patient to caregiver on
soiled gloves, clothing, bedding and dressings. The catheter, once in the
patient’s vein, is activated by attaching the Luer fitting of an infusion line
which opens the valve to allow unrestricted flow.

ViaValve™ Safety IV Catheters also help prevent unintended needlesticks, which
affect approximately 800,000 hospital-based healthcare workers in the U.S.
each year. The ViaValve™ safety catheter surrounds the retracted introducer
needle and produces a “click” to indicate that the needle is contained for
safe handling and disposal.

For U.S. Government inquiries, contact Jeffrey Phillips, Senior Director,
Smiths Medical Government Business Development,
Jeffrey.phillips@smiths-medical.com or 202-999-6755, or a local area Smiths
Medical representative.

Learn more at: www.trustviavalve.com

About Smiths Medical

Smiths Medical  www.smiths-medical.com is a leading supplier of specialized
medical devices and equipment for global markets, focusing on the medication
delivery, vital care and safety devices market segments. It is part of Smiths
Group www.smiths.com, a global leader in applying advanced technologies for
markets in threat and contraband detection, energy, medical devices,
communications and engineered components. Smiths Group employs around 22,000
people in more than 50 countries.


Smiths Medical
Judith Rossi, 781-792-2539
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