SOURCE: Medline Industries, Inc.

Medline Industries, Inc.

May 31, 2011 17:20 ET

Medline Expands Urological Portfolio With Addition of New Temperature Sensing Foley Catheters

Foley Catheters Ideal for Surgery Setting Where One Catheter Facilitates Bladder Drainage While Simultaneously Monitoring Core Body Temperature

MUNDELEIN, IL--(Marketwire - May 31, 2011) - With medical evidence indicating that critically ill patients are at high risk for temperature disorders and show a predisposition for infection1, Medline Industries, Inc. today announced a new Temperature Sensing Foley Catheter product line that enables clinicians to accurately monitor core body temperature and urinary output in addition to facilitating urine drainage. The 400-series temperature sensing Foley catheter is 100% silicone and available in sizes 8-18Fr with ±0.2° C accuracy.

Compatible with most patient monitors, anesthesia machines and hypothermia units from GE, Philips, Siemens and others, the new catheter is available both single sterile and as a part of Medline's revolutionary ERASE CAUTI Tray. The temperature sensing ERASE CAUTI system features an innovative one-layer tray design, tools for aseptic technique, charting aids, educational patient care card, securement device, urine meter and a 100% silicone temperature sensing Foley catheter with moisture-resistant connector.

In 2009, CMS adopted SCIP-Inf-10, which requires maintaining a 36° body temperature during surgeries lasting 60 minutes or more and where general or neuraxial anesthesia is used. Maintaining normothermia helps avoid SSIs2, cardiac events3, bleeding4, longer recovery times5 and longer drug onsets and durations6.

Temperature is one of the four basic vital signs. When abnormal, it may indicate systemic infection, inflammation or another thermoregulatory issue. The ability to use a temperature-sensing catheter to measure both urine output and continuous body temperature is a distinct advantage, eliminating the need to measure temperature at other body locations.

In the ICU, monitoring temperature provides diagnostic clues for detecting infections and other conditions, as well as indicating a reaction (or non-reaction) to treatments. Careful temperature monitoring in therapeutic hypothermia is important because the greatest patient benefit often occurs within a narrow temperature range. Bladder temperature probe enables continuous monitoring and feedback in conjunction with hypothermia devices. Other techniques, including intermittent tympanic temperature measurements, are less reliable.


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About Medline Industries, Inc.
Medline, the nation's largest privately held manufacturer and distributor of healthcare products, manufactures and distributes more than 125,000 products to hospitals, extended care facilities, surgery centers, home care dealers and agencies. Headquartered in Mundelein, IL, Medline has more than 1,100 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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