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 News Release - September 2, 2010

VA Puget Sound Facilities Standardize with FlexiPort(R) Disposable Cuffs, Reinforcing a Commitment to Patient Safety

Welch Allyn blood pressure cuff technology helps fight infection and lower the cost of health care

SKANEATELES FALLS, N.Y.--(Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network)--Welch Allyn, a leading global manufacturer of frontline medical products and solutions, has teamed with Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System to standardize their facilities with FlexiPort® blood pressure cuffs, a single-patient disposable cuff that travels with the patient throughout their stay. In doing so, the system, which includes the Seattle and American Lake Divisions and all community-based outpatient clinics, will help reduce the risk of spreading infectious disease and decrease their overall costs. Welch Allyn FlexiPort blood pressure cuffs are designed so they can be assigned to one patient, who can then be connected to virtually any manual or electronic blood pressure device in the facility.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates hospital-acquired infections affect more than 1.7 million U.S. patients annually and cause about 99,000 deaths, resulting in longer hospital visits. In response, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently stated they will no longer reimburse for extended patient visits from certain hospital-acquired infections, putting a strain on the cost of healthcare.

According to Susan Dubay, senior manager, Clinical, Medical & Scientific Affairs at Welch Allyn, there is a direct correlation between contaminated cuffs and infections. “Studies show that using one cuff per patient, and adhering to diligent cleaning and disinfection practices, reduces the risk of cross contamination significantly,” says Dubay. “FlexiPort enables a single cuff to be used on multiple devices, so it is no surprise that it has been well received by infection prevention experts across the country and now at Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System.”

About VA Puget Sound Health Care System

With a reputation for excellence, innovation and extraordinary care of our nation’s heroes, VA Puget Sound strives to lead the nation in terms of quality, efficiency and public service through its proven record of innovation and extraordinary care of veterans. Since 1923, VA Puget Sound Health Care System has distinguished itself as a leader in teaching, research and patient care while earning prestigious recognition as part of the largest health care network in the country. We consider it our privilege to serve the health care needs of more than 70,000 veterans living in the Pacific Northwest. For more information, visit www.pugetsound.va.gov.

About Welch Allyn

Founded in 1915 and headquartered in Skaneateles Falls, NY (USA), Welch Allyn is a leading global manufacturer of medical diagnostic equipment and a complete range of digital and connected solutions. With 2,600 employees working in 26 different countries, Welch Allyn specializes in helping doctors, nurses, and other frontline practitioners across the globe provide the best patient care by developing innovative products, breakthrough technologies, and cutting-edge solutions that help them see more patients, detect more conditions, and improve more lives. More information about Welch Allyn and its complete line of connected products and solutions may be found at www.welchallyn.com.


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