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ConvaTec Announces Acquisition of AbViser Medical, LLC

SKILLMAN, N.J., May 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- ConvaTec, a world-leading developer and marketer of innovative medical technologies for community and hospital care today announced that it has acquired AbViser Medical, LLC (formerly a part of Wolfe Tory Medical), a Salt Lake City, UT-based company that specializes in products for the critical care marketplace.

The AbViser™ Intra-abdominal Pressure (IAP) Monitoring System enables clinicians to measure and monitor IAP in patients at risk for intra-abdominal hypertension (IAH) or abdominal compartment syndrome (ACS). Monitoring allows clinicians to intervene in a manner which may improve patient outcomes. Benefits from managing IAH include reducing patient ventilator time and length of stay, decreased rate of ventilator associated pneumonia (VAP) and mortality risk.[1],[2]

As a leader in IAP monitoring in the critical care setting, AbViser Medical is an ideal complement to the ConvaTec Continence and Critical Care business and its ICU product portfolio that includes market leading brands such as the UnoMeter™ Abdo-Pressure™ System, UnoMeter™ Urine Meter and the world's most widely used fecal management system, Flexi-Seal™ FMS.

About the AbViser™ IAP Monitoring System

The AbViser™ IAP Monitoring System is a sterile non-invasive disposable monitoring device that creates a safe, efficient, standardized monitoring system with proven clinical accuracy. Using the AbViser™ IAP Monitoring System, measurements are obtained in approximately 30 seconds. This easily obtained data allows clinicians to trend the pressures and intervene in a timely fashion – preventing the end stage organ dysfunction seen with abdominal compartment syndrome.

About ConvaTec

ConvaTec is a leading developer and marketer of innovative medical technologies that have helped improve the lives of millions of people worldwide. With four key focus areas – Ostomy Care, Wound Therapeutics, Continence and Critical Care and Infusion Devices – ConvaTec products support healthcare professionals from the hospital to the community health setting. For more information, please visit

About AbViser Medical

The AbViser Medical strategic approach of introducing products to market and providing educational training brought the AbViser™ IAP Monitoring System to market leader status with strong brand name recognition.

™ indicates trademark of ConvaTec Inc.  
AbViser and Flexi-Seal are registered trademarks in the U.S.


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VP, Treasurer


[1] Cheatham ML, Safcxak K. Is the evolving management of intra-abdominal hypertension and abdominal compartment syndrome improving survival? Critical Care Med 2010;38(2):402-7.

[2] Kimball, E.J., Mone M, Hansen H, et al. A prospective evaluation of the protocolized management of intra-abdominal hypertension and the abdominal compartment syndrome. Acta Clinica Belgica. 2009;64(3):272 – Abstract 110.


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