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Smith & Nephew Showcases Strong Data at the Clinical Symposium on Advances in Skin & Wound Care Conference

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Sept. 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Advanced Wound Management division of Smith & Nephew (LSE: SN; NYSE: SNN) today announced results from 11 studies on a range of products and therapies from their ALLEVYN*, ACTICOAT*, IODOSORB* and RENASYS* wound care portfolio. The data demonstrate advanced healing strategies and the efficacy of the company's specialized advanced wound care products. Results of the studies are being presented at the Clinical Symposium on Advances in Skin & Wound Care (CSASWC), a national convention for wound care professionals.


The results of the IODOSORB trial will be shared as a podium presentation. This was a prospective, non-comparative, multicenter study investigating the effect of IODOSORB on bioburden load and other wound characteristics in diabetic foot ulcers. Elevated bacterial burden has been cited as a contributing factor in the delayed healing of these types of ulcers. The study showed significant evidence (p=0.008) of reduction in the clinical signs of infection when IODOSORB was used.

"The study results showed that when IODOSORB was used on diabetic foot ulcers, significant reductions in wound area, levels of exudates and pain were seen in patients, as well as an improvement in wound appearance," said Dr. John Lantis II, Chief of Division, Endovascular-Vascular Surgery, Director of Clinical Research, Department of Surgery, St. Lukes-Roosevelt Hospital Center, New York and author of the research. "This is encouraging news for patients, as foot ulcers occur in nearly 15 percent of all patients with diabetes."

In addition to the new clinical data being presented at CSASWC, Smith & Nephew will also introduce the new ALLEVYN Gentle Border Multisite dressing.  Its imaginative shape is designed to fit the unique contours of the body, and stay in place.  ALLEVYN Multisite, along with ALLEVYN Gentle Border Sacrum and ALLEVYN Gentle Border Heel are uniquely shaped dressings that form the foundation for the new 'Human Shaped Wound Care' campaign.  As part of the campaign introduction, Smith & Nephew will be hosting an interactive ALLEVYN Gentle Border Multisite Challenge, at their booth (#225).

"Reducing the human and economic cost of wounds is a core value of Smith & Nephew.  We are focused on innovation and best practice techniques for the prevention and healing of wounds. Imaginative solutions like our new Human Shaped ALLEVYN dressings help improve outcomes for patients and at the same time conserve resources for health care systems," said Thomas J. Dugan, President of Smith & Nephew's North American Advanced Wound Management Division.

Additionally, Smith & Nephew will be offering Twin Towers Pins to attendees, for a $2 donation to the Twin Tower Orphan fund. The program was founded on September 11, 2001 with the sole purpose of providing educational and welfare assistance to the children who lost parents by the terrorist attacks on 9/11.

Smith & Nephew will continue its presence at tradeshows throughout the fall at:

  • Diabetic Limb Salvage conference (Sept. 22-24)
  • The American Society of Plastic Surgeons meeting (Sept. 23-27)
  • The Symposium of Advanced Wound Care (Oct. 13-15)
  • The Orthopedic Trauma Association annual meeting (Oct. 12-15)
  • Health Industry Distributers Association Conference & expo (Oct. 19-21)
  • The Canadian Association of Wound Care annual conference (Nov. 3-6).

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About Smith & Nephew

Smith & Nephew is a global medical technology business with global leadership positions in Orthopaedics, including Reconstruction, Trauma and Clinical Therapies; Endoscopy, including Sports Medicine; and Advanced Wound Management.  Smith & Nephew is a global leader in arthroscopy and advanced wound management and is one of the leading global orthopaedics companies.

Smith & Nephew is dedicated to helping improve people's lives.  The Company prides itself on the strength of its relationships with its surgeons and professional healthcare customers, with whom its name is synonymous with high standards of performance, innovation and trust.  The Company has distribution channels, purchasing agents and buying entities in over 90 countries worldwide.  Annual sales in 2010 were nearly $4.0 billion.

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Any forward-looking statement is based on information available to Smith & Nephew as of the date of the statement. All written or oral forward-looking statements attributable to Smith & Nephew are qualified by this caution.  Smith & Nephew does not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement to reflect any change in circumstances or in Smith & Nephew's expectations.

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