SOURCE: Medline Industries, Inc.

Medline Industries, Inc.

June 27, 2011 11:01 ET

Medline Unveils Practical and Targeted Infection Control Interventions at Annual 2011 APIC Congress

Booth Demonstrations Highlight Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia Prevention Practices and Products, FDA Approved Bacteria Inhibiting Barrier Product and OR Warming System

MUNDELEIN, IL--(Marketwire - Jun 27, 2011) - Continuing strategic efforts to assist healthcare providers in preventing hospital acquired infections, Medline Industries, Inc. will showcase its evidence-based solution to help prevent ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) as well as innovative infection prevention products at the APIC 2011 Annual Conference in Baltimore, MD, June 27 - 29.

Medline's VAPrevent clinical program is an innovative, evidence-based solution to help prevent ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP). The system features Chlorhexidine Gluconate (CHG) oral rinse, revolutionary educational packaging and comprehensive clinical education. According to the National Healthcare Safety Network, VAP is the second most common healthcare-acquired infection and is associated with substantial morbidity and mortality.

The VAPrevent Program combines a new innovative oral care dispenser to assist clinicians with the process of providing oral care in a convenient and timely manner. Paired with education and interactive training tools, the program combination focuses clinical attention on the Institute of Healthcare Improvement (IHI) "bundle," a series of clinical interventions to help reduce the risks of Ventilator Associated Pneumonia.

Medline will also demonstrate innovative infection prevention products at its booth (#1110) during the three-day exhibition:

  • The FDA approved BioFriend™ BioMask™ (Series A) surgical face mask is an anti-microbial face mask that is 350 times more effective than the standard isolation masks out on the market today, and inactivates 99.99% of 18 different strains of Influenza A & B within five minutes of contact. This is the first face mask of its kind to be available in the United States.
  • BIOGUARD® barrier dressings contain a cationic polymer called Poly (diallyl dimethyl ammonium chloride) (pDADMAC) proven to prevent bacterial penetration and inhibit growth within the wound dressing, resulting in 99.999% kill of a broad spectrum of microbes, including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).
  • The PerfecTemp OR table pad, which uniquely incorporates both pressure-reducing high-tech material to reduce the incidence of pressure ulcers and a warming system to combat hypothermia.

The Medline team is also demonstrating its Medline University, its fast-growing free online clinical education resource. Medline University offers 186 free continuing education credits covering a broad healthcare curriculum, including Infection Control, Incontinence, Respiratory Care, Long-Term Care Administration and Nursing; Home Care, Legal Aspects of Nursing and Safety.

About Medline Industries, Inc.
As the nation's largest privately held manufacturer and distributor of healthcare products, Medline manufactures and distributes more than 125,000 products to hospitals, extended care facilities, surgery centers, physician offices and home care dealers. 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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