U S Department of Veterans Affairs Chooses ViaValve Safety IV Catheter for Raymond G Murphy VA

May 15, 2013
ST. PAUL, Minn., May 13, 2013 – Smiths Medical, a leading global medical device manufacturer, has won a contract with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to supply Jelco® brand ViaValve™ Safety IV Catheters to the Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

"Serving America’s Veterans with the highest quality medical equipment is an honor for Smiths Medical," said Srini Seshadri, President, Smiths Medical. “Our ViaValve™ Safety IV Catheter is the latest advancement in IV catheter safety.  Our mission is to produce innovative medical products that promote patient, clinician and healthcare worker safety while supporting the best possible clinical outcome. We appreciate the selection of ViaValve™ by the Albuquerque VAMC."

ViaValve™ Safety IV Catheters are built on the proven Jelco® IV Catheter platform that has been a favorite with clinicians for nearly two decades.  They contain a unique valve inside the hub that blocks blood flow from the patient’s vein upon initial venipuncture. This helps reduce the risk of blood exposure and possible contamination by maintaining a clean access site, preventing the transfer of blood-borne pathogens from patient to caregiver on soiled gloves, clothing, bedding and dressings.  The catheter, once in the patient’s vein, is activated by attaching the Luer fitting of an infusion line which opens the valve to allow unrestricted flow.

ViaValve™ Safety IV Catheters also help prevent unintended needlesticks, which affect approximately 800,000 hospital-based healthcare workers in the U.S. each year. The ViaValve™ safety catheter surrounds the retracted introducer needle and produces a “click” to indicate that the needle is contained for safe handling and disposal.

For U.S. Government inquiries, contact Jeffrey Phillips, Senior Director, Smiths Medical Government Business Development, Jeffrey.phillips@smiths-medical.com or 202-999-6755, or a local area Smiths Medical representative.

Learn more at: www.trustviavalve.com 

About Smiths Medical
Smiths Medical www.smiths-medical.com is a leading supplier of specialized medical devices and equipment for global markets, focusing on the medication delivery, vital care and safety devices market segments. It is part of Smiths Group www.smiths.com, a global leader in applying advanced technologies for markets in threat and contraband detection, energy, medical devices, communications and engineered components. Smiths Group employs around 22,000 people in more than 50 countries.

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