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NxStage® Expands Product Portfolio With Innovative Patient Access Surveillance Solution From Vasc-Alert™
Date:11/3/2010

LAWRENCE, Mass., Nov. 3, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- NxStage Medical, Inc. (Nasdaq: NXTM), a leading manufacturer of innovative dialysis products, today announced that it has expanded its Medisystems® in-center product portfolio to include Vasc-Alert's automated vascular access surveillance product. Pursuant to the terms of the strategic Agreement with Vasc-Alert LLC, the service can be purchased exclusively from NxStage in the United States.  

Vasc-Alert, a patented medical device, uses computer technology to analyze standard treatment data taken during each patient's scheduled hemodialysis treatments to screen for vascular access dysfunction. By monitoring the data for increasing pressure trends, Vasc-Alert identifies patients who are at risk of developing a stenosis that may decrease the effectiveness of treatment or put the access site at risk of thrombosis—a blockage that prevents the flow of blood through the access and can precipitate significant medical interventions such as thrombectomy and access revision. Weekly reports that identify at-risk patients are issued to the dialysis provider and allow the dialysis staff to proactively schedule further testing on the access. Earlier detection of access issues has the potential to lead to improved access patency, fewer hospitalizations, fewer missed treatments, and less pain, anxiety and inconvenience for patients.

Vasc-Alert offers significant ease-of-use benefits to clinics and staff. In contrast to other methodologies, no staff time is consumed in performing access surveillance testing and patient treatments are not impacted in any way.  Importantly, the readily accessible reports enable centers to comply with recent Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) access surveillance requirements.

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