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Medline Launches New Products to Help Surgery Centers Reduce Costs, Improve Outcomes

MUNDELEIN,Ill., Oct. 25, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- From new instrument reprocessing solutions and a new face mask that inactivates flu viruses to innovative surgical gloves and advances in anesthesia products, Medline Industries, Inc. is introducing a number of innovative solutions for ambulatory surgery centers at this week's annual Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) Conference in Chicago.

"Reimbursement cuts are impacting everyone's bottom line, which is why our primary goal is to partner with surgery centers to improve the health of their practice by streamlining the supply chain and by enhancing patient outcomes," said Doug Golwas, Medline's senior vice president responsible for the surgery center market.

Following are some of the new products Medline (booth number 29) will introduce and demonstrate at Becker's ASC Conference this week:

  • Medisiss Surgical Instrument Reprocessing — Medline will be featuring Medisiss, a safe, proven reprocessing solution for single-use devices, which helps surgery centers lower costs and reduce waste.
  • Medline's BioMask™ — With the flu season currently underway, health care workers can now benefit from a major breakthrough in flu protection. Medline's BioMask™, the first-ever FDA-cleared antiviral, antimicrobial medical face mask, is shown to inactivate 99.99 percent of laboratory tested flu viruses. This first-of-its-kind product marks the first true innovation in face masks in several decades. Traditional face masks act only as an air filter and do nothing to neutralize the harmful pathogens that remain active on the mask itself. In addition to filtering the air, Medline's BioMask inactivates harmful pathogens, including imminent pandemic and seasonal strains of influenza (flu) viruses, such as H1N1, Avian flu and Swine flu that land on both the outside and inside surfaces of mask.
  • Medline's Signature Glide® Surgeon's Gloves — This innovative new glove features an inner gel coating made from a hydrophilic synthetic polymer that allows surgeons' hands to easily and smoothly fit into the glove, whether their hands are wet or dry, which is critical for quickly "scrubbing in" for surgeries where every second counts.
  • New Pain Management Products — Medline will be featuring the company's new line of epidural and spinal needles, as well as pain trays and a number of other pain management products giving Medline a comprehensive line of anesthesia products to perform pain management procedures.

Industry experts from Medline are also featured speakers at the conference. Lorri Downs, BSN, MS, RN, CIC, will be discussing "Making the business case for infection prevention to key stakeholders" on Thursday, October 25 from 3:15 – 3:55 p.m.; and Golwas will be part of a panel of experts discussing "How to increase profits in challenging times" on Friday, October 26 from 10:50 – 11:30 a.m.

About Medline

As the nation's largest privately held manufacturer and distributor of health care products, Medline manufactures and distributes more than 125,000 products to hospitals, extended care facilities, surgery centers, physician offices, home care dealers and retailers. Recently named one of the "100 Best Places to Work in Healthcare," Medline is headquartered in Mundelein, Ill. and has more than 1,100 dedicated sales representatives nationwide to support its broad product line and cost management services.

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John Marks, (847) 643-3309

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