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Smith & Nephew Orthopaedics Begins Distribution to Haiti of Trauma Implants and Instruments
Date:1/20/2010

MEMPHIS, Tenn., Jan. 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Medical device maker Smith & Nephew's (NYSE: SNN; LSE: SN) Orthopaedics business is making available this week more than $2 million in implants and surgical instruments for use by orthopedic surgeons in the treatment of survivors of last week's earthquake in Haiti.

The donation, set to arrive within days, is a wide range of orthopedic surgical resources used to treat bone fractures.

These resources are being distributed in Haiti by Hope Force International (HFI). Orthopedic surgeons who are trained to use these instruments and who are travelling to Haiti to assist in the relief effort are instructed to contact HFI (hopeforce.org) in the United States at (615) 371-1271 or info@hopeforce.org.

The primary base of surgical operations and implant distribution for HFI is King's Hospital in Port-au-Prince, although more distribution points may be established in order to more widely deliver the donated implants across the country.

"We have received dozens of calls from orthopedic surgeons who want to know how to help," says Joseph M. DeVivo, president of Smith & Nephew Orthopaedics. "We are attempting to simplify a challenging healthcare process in the aftermath of the earthquake. Centralizing our implants and instruments with HFI will
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