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Smith & Nephew Announce the New RENASYS EZ(TM) System for Negative Pressure Wound Therapy
Date:2/24/2009

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Feb. 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Smith & Nephew's Advanced Wound Management division (LSE: SN; NYSE: SNN) today announced the U.S. launch of its new RENASYS(TM) EZ Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NPWT) system, designed to address the needs of wound care professionals and patients, and allow clinicians to exercise their own best clinical judgment in NPWT with confidence. Smith & Nephew will preview the RENASYS(TM) EZ at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, and will introduce it in March 2009.

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Smith & Nephew designed the RENASYS(TM) EZ based on customer insights to improve the NPWT experience, focusing on greater ease-of-use and patient comfort across the full range of wound types. RENASYS(TM) EZ allows clinicians to use variable pressure control, enables clinicians to treat surgical, traumatic or chronic wounds according to the individual needs of the patient and the characteristics of the patient's wound. RENASYS(TM) EZ can be used with both the foam and gauze wound interfaces, allowing for broader therapy selection from a single supplier.

"Smith & Nephew asked clinicians and administrators worldwide what they wanted in a NPWT system," said Joe Woody, President, Smith & Nephew Advanced Wound Management. "Their answer? A system that delivers all the clinical benefits of NPWT while improving performance in patient comfort, ease of use, and cost-effectiveness. We believe that RENASYS(TM) EZ more than meets these needs and will play an important, growing role in the NPWT marketplace. With United Hospital Services and Apria Healthcare as our partners, we have t
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