U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Chooses ViaValve™ Safety IV Catheter for Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center, Albuquerque

  U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Chooses ViaValve™ Safety IV Catheter for
  Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center, Albuquerque

Business Wire

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- May 13, 2013

Smiths Medical, a leading global medical device manufacturer, has won a
contract with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to supply Jelco^® brand
ViaValve^™ Safety IV Catheters to the Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center, in
Albuquerque, New Mexico.

"Serving America’s Veterans with the highest quality medical equipment 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. 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
Albuquerque VAMC."

ViaValve™ Safety IV Catheters are built on the proven Jelco^® IV Catheter
platform that has been a favorite with clinicians for nearly two decades. They
contain a unique valve inside the hub that blocks 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
Media Contact:
Judith Rossi, 781-792-2539
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