SOURCE: Medline Industries, Inc.

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September 23, 2010 14:23 ET

Medline Enhances VAP Prevention Oral Care Kits With New 15 ml Chlorhexidine Gluconate (CHG) Oral Rinse

Multiple Industry Groups Recommend CHG as an Important Way to Reduce the Risks of VAP

MUNDELEIN, IL--(Marketwire - September 23, 2010) -  Medline Industries, Inc., the nation's largest privately held manufacturer and distributor of healthcare supplies, today announced the addition of 15ml, Chlorhexidine Gluconate (CHG) 0.12% oral rinse to its VAPrevent kits for the oral and pharyngeal care of ventilated patients. CHG has become an increasingly important product in the fight against ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP). According to the National Healthcare Safety Network, VAP is the second most common healthcare-acquired infection, after urinary tract infection, affecting approximately 27% of all critically ill patients.

"CHG has increasingly become an important product in the oral and pharyngeal care of ventilated patients," said Lorri Downs, R.N., B.S.N., M.S., C.I.C., vice president of Infection Prevention at Medline and a board certified infection preventionist. "Critically ill patients in the intensive care unit (ICU) are at high risk for infections associated with increased morbidity, mortality and health care costs. VAP increases length of stay in the ICU and in the hospital, further increasing costs and risk of infection. Oropharyngeal decontamination with CHG is an attractive and cost effective infection prevention measure that is recommended by national patient safety groups as an important way to reduce the risks of VAP."

VAP occurs in people who are on mechanical ventilation through an endotracheal or tracheostomy tube for at least 48 hours (overall, VAP occurs in up to 25% of all people who require mechanical ventilation). Bacteria thrive in dental plaque and oropharyngeal secretions, and the ventilator tube provides the ideal avenue for migrating bugs.

Prevention of VAP involves limiting exposure to bacteria, discontinuing mechanical ventilation as soon as possible, and a variety of strategies to limit infection while intubated. In May the Institute for Healthcare Improvement added CHG to their "ventilator bundle" as an oral rinse to be used twice daily. The bundle consists of a list of actions that can be taken to help reduce VAP.

For more information on Medline's VAPrevent kits with CHG, visit www.medline.com.

About Medline Industries, Inc. 

Medline, the nation's largest privately held manufacturer and distributor of healthcare products, manufactures and distributes more than 100,000 products to hospitals, extended-care facilities, surgery centers, home care dealers and agencies. Headquartered in Mundelein, Ill., Medline has more than 900 dedicated sales representatives nationwide to support its broad product line and cost management services.

Over the past five years, Medline has been the fastest-growing distributor of medical and surgical supplies in the U.S., serving as the primary distributor to over 450 major hospitals and healthcare systems. As a leading distributor, Medline offers a comprehensive array of consulting and management services encompassing the supply chain and logistics, utilization and standardization, business tools and enhanced reporting capabilities and on-staff clinicians.

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