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 News Release - October 22, 2009

New Data Demonstrate Efficacy, Value of Smith & Nephew Advanced Wound Management Portfolio

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Oct. 22 (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- The Advanced Wound Management Division of Smith & Nephew, Inc., a subsidiary of Smith & Nephew Plc (LSE: SN ; NYSE: SNN ), announced today that clinicians will present a total of 20 clinical posters featuring its Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NPWT) Systems and ALLEVYN(TM) AG, ALLEVYN AG Gentle, ACTICOAT(TM) and IODOSORB(TM) advanced wound dressings during the 24th Annual Clinical Symposium on Advances in Skin and Wound Care's poster session. The poster session opens at 10:30am CT on October 23, 2009.

"We look forward to the presentation of such a large body of new data associated with our advanced wound management products," said Tom Dugan, North American President, Smith & Nephew Advanced Wound Management. "We are particularly excited to see the results of a large, prospective multi-center study of gauze-based NPWT on grafted and non-grafted patients. Smith & Nephew is committed to helping clinicians at every stage of wound treatment deliver the best possible care and deliver value to their healthcare institutions. We are delighted that so many clinicians are advancing new research with the aid of our comprehensive platform for the preparation, protection and progression towards healing of wounds."

The body of new data on display at the Symposium includes the following posters:

  • A Prospective Multi-Centre Clinical Evaluation of Gauze-Based Negative Pressure Wound Therapy: Results from 131 patients, Dr. Raymond M. Dunn, et al.

  • Negative Pressure Wound Therapy as a Dressing for Split-Thickness Skin Grafts: Our Experience, Dr. Julie O'Brien et al.

  • A Novel Dressing Technique for the Management of Highly Exudating Lower Extremity Wounds Utilizing Gauze-based Negative Pressure Wound Therapy, Penny Campbell, John Cockwill.

  • A Prospective, Open, Multi-Centre Study to Evaluate the Functionality and Device Performance of a New Portable Negative Pressure Wound Therapy System in the Management of Acute and Chronic Wounds, Dr. Don Hudson and Dr. Kevin Adams.

  • A Case Report of Successful Limb Salvage with a new Negative Pressure Wound Therapy System, Dr. Pasquale Cancilliere.

  • A Prospective, Non-Comparative, Clinical Evaluation to Determine the Effect of a New Non-Adhesive Absorbent 3-Layer Silver Barrier Dressing on the Reduction of Bioburden and Closure of venous leg ulcers, Dr. John Lantis and Cindy Gendics, RN, CCRA.

Smith & Nephew will present the comprehensive portfolio of advanced wound management products reflected in these clinical posters at Booth 111. Featured products include the RENASYS(TM) EZ and RENASYS(TM) GO Systems, and the ALLEVYN(TM) and ACTICOAT(TM) portfolios.

"The interactive booth is designed with hands-on product demonstration and training stations to enhance the customer experience," stated Ian Dawson, North American Vice President of Marketing. "Customers will be able to gain hands-on experience with the foam and gauze interfaces that are available with the RENASYS System. The versatility of the RENASYS systems allows clinicians to make their own choice to use gauze and foam wound interfaces based on the individual needs of the patient, confident that either approach will meet their clinical objectives for NPWT."

The Right Dressing for the Right Wound

The full-range ALLEVYN portfolio offers triple action technology for fluid handling capabilities, absorption, retention and transpiration. The ALLEVYN Ag line offers bactericidal levels of silver with absorption capability, while the ALLEVYN Gentle range was developed to address the needs of fragile skin. Smith & Nephew is the only company to offer a combination of antimicrobial capability and gentle adhesive technology in the ALLEVYN Ag Gentle Border Dressing. ALLEVYN Adhesive is available for high friction areas and ALLEVYN Non-Adhesive for compromised skin.

ACTICOAT is a trusted first line antimicrobial intervention to help prevent and manage life threatening infections in a range of dressing types. The ACTICOAT portfolio presentation will focus on the recently introduced ACTICOAT Flex line, which provides flexible conformability for anatomical areas such as face and hands and breakthrough stretch properties to improve patient comfort during wear.

The Symposium is being held at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas, from October 22 to 25, 2009.

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About Smith & Nephew

Smith & Nephew is a global medical technology business, specializing in Orthopeadics, including Reconstruction, Trauma and Clinical Therapies, Endoscopy and Advanced Wound Management. Smith & Nephew is a global leader in arthroscopy and advanced wound management and is one of the leading global orthopeadics 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 operates in 32 countries around the world. Annual sales in 2008 were nearly $3.8 billion.

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