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Syneture Expands Blunt Tip Needle Portfolio



10/19/2005 5:09:11 PM

NORWALK, Conn., Aug. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Syneture, the wound closure business of United States Surgical, today announced the expansion of its ProtectPoint(TM) blunt needle surgical needle product portfolio. These products are designed to optimize physician and nurse safety by helping to reduce the risk of needlestick injuries, while still providing the clinical performance that clinicians require.

"Sharp suture needles are the leading cause of needlestick injuries in the operating room," said Janine Jagger, MPH, PhD, Professor of Internal Medicine and Director of the International Health Care Worker Safety Center at the University of Virginia Health System. "Our research has shown that suture needles account for 51% of all sharps related injuries in the operating room and that their use in suturing muscle and fascia accounted for 59% of all suture needle related injuries.* The use of blunt tip suture needles for this application alone can prevent more sharps injuries in the O.R. than any other safety measure, and at the same time reduce patients' risk of exposure to the blood of injured personnel."

The ProtectPoint(TM) product line now includes an expanded line of blunt taper needles, specifically designed to reduce tissue penetration force in tougher tissue like muscle and fascia, while still offering superior glove penetration protection. OSHA estimates that the majority of needlestick injuries that occur can be prevented by using safer technologies such as blunt point needles. Needlestick injuries are a potential source for the spread of infectious diseases.

In addition to its expanded line of blunt taper needles, Syneture has also upgraded its blunt point needles with NuCoat(TM) coating technology which provides more consistent penetration pass after pass. The ProtectPoint(TM) needles, designed for softer tissues, are available with a wide variety of absorbable and nonabsorbable surgical suture materials.

The Syneture division of United States Surgical is an organization focused on clinical solutions for wound closure with advanced suture and biosurgery therapies. The Syneture division manufactures and markets a comprehensive line of high-quality sutures and biosurgery products. Syneture is dedicated to being the healthcare professional's partner-of-choice, and to advancing suture technology and biomaterials that improve patient outcomes. For more information about Syneture, visit www.syneture.com.

As a major business segment of Tyco International Ltd. , Tyco Healthcare manufactures, distributes and services an extensive product line including disposable medical supplies, monitoring equipment, innovative wound closure products, advanced surgical devices, medical instruments and bulk analgesic pharmaceuticals. With industry-leading brand names such as Autosuture, Kendall, Mallinckrodt, Nellcor, Puritan Bennett, Syneture and Valleylab, Tyco Healthcare products are found in virtually every healthcare setting. For further information, please visit the website at www.tycohealthcare.com.

*AORN Journal, May, 1998.

U.S. Surgical

CONTACT: Cynthia Holloway for Syneture, +1-203-845-1966,Cynthia.holloway@tycohealthcare.com; or Shay Studley-Toland of TycoHealthcare, +1-508-261-8190, Shay.studley-toland@tycohealthcare.com


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