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 News Release - March 22, 2012

CareFusion Announces New Take-Apart Line of Laparoscopic Surgical Instruments

SAN DIEGO, March 22, 2012 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- CareFusion today announced its new Snowden-Pencer® laparoscopic take-apart instrument line, a portfolio of surgical instruments that can be easily disassembled to aid in cleaning and sterilization.

"Our new take-apart laparoscopic instruments can help support safer cleaning protocols for reusable medical equipment, at a potential cost savings compared to disposable instruments," said Jim Leitl, vice president and general manager of the Medical Specialties business of CareFusion. "This addition to our market-leading surgical portfolio introduces unique product features not previously seen in the market that will help improve the usability, versatility and comfort of this category of laparoscopic instruments."

The new line of take-apart instruments features three components designed to be intuitively assembled and disassembled, increasing the ability to visually inspect the instrument during cleaning. The instrument also features both audible and visual cues to help ensure it has been properly and securely assembled.

"I am very satisfied with all aspects of the Snowden-Pencer take-apart instrument line, which I believe is easy to clean and easier to assemble and disassemble than other products on the market today," said Mark Thompson, sterile processing manager for Mercy Health Center in Oklahoma City, which served as a limited market release site. "The instrument markers and snap-in-place assembly make it easy to ensure that the instrument is properly assembled. The new take-apart instrument line from CareFusion meets the needs of our Sterile Processing department as well as the needs of our surgeons."

The take-apart instrument line contains a versatile ring-handle design with an integrated ratchet mechanism, allowing surgeons to easily and quickly adjust the ratchet. The ring-handle design also accommodates both traditional precision-style grips and palm grips. The ergonomic ring handle also distributes pressure more evenly, helping reduce the potential for intraoperative hand fatigue.

"I believe the Snowden-Pencer take-apart instruments are a necessity when performing advanced laparoscopic cases," said Dr. Andrew M. DeWitt, a bariatric surgeon who participated in a limited market release at Princeton Baptist Medical Center in Birmingham, Ala. "These top-of-the-line instruments are exceptional, dependable and easy to use."

The versatility of the instrument line enables surgeons to select handles and shafts and choose from more than 55 grasper, dissector and clamp inserts to create a customized configuration that meets the specific needs of the procedure and the surgeon.

Debuting at the 59th annual Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) Congress, the new take-apart instruments add to CareFusion's comprehensive surgical offering, which includes V. Mueller® and Snowden-Pencer brand open, laparoscopic and plastic surgery instruments, the IMPRESS® Instrument Management System, Pyxis® perioperative solutions and ChloraPrep® skin preparation products.

The full portfolio of CareFusion solutions to help improve operating room effectiveness will be showcased in booth #5125 at AORN, March 24-29 in New Orleans.

Currently in limited market release, the Snowden-Pencer laparoscopic take-apart instrument line is expected to be commercially available in the coming months.

About CareFusion

CareFusion (NYSE: CFN ) is a global corporation serving the health care industry with products and services that help hospitals measurably improve the safety and quality of care. The company develops market-leading technologies including Alaris® infusion pumps, Pyxis® automated dispensing and patient identification systems, AVEA®, AirLife™ and LTV® series ventilation and respiratory products, ChloraPrep® skin prep products, MedMined® services for data mining surveillance, Nicolet™ neurological monitoring and diagnostic products, V. Mueller® surgical instruments, and an extensive line of products that support interventional medicine. CareFusion employs more than 14,000 people across its global operations. More information may be found at

Source: CareFusion

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