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 News Release - March 28, 2012

Medline Launches Innovative, New Signature Glide(TM) Surgical Glove

New Glove Features Inner Gel Coating for Easy Donning, Exceeds FDA Standards for Overall Quality

NEW ORLEANS, March 28, 2012 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- Medline Industries, Inc., today launched the newest addition to its latex, powder-free surgical glove line - Signature Glide(TM). This new glove features an inner gel coating made from a hydrophilic synthetic polymer that allows surgeons' hands to glide effortlessly into the glove -- wet or dry.

Medline introduced Signature Glide in New Orleans at the 59th Annual Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) Congress, the largest gathering of OR nurses in the world. Signature Glide joins Medline's comprehensive line of latex and latex-free surgical gloves, which are made on an anatomical former design to replicate the natural hand shape. All Medline surgical gloves exceed FDA testing requirements, including thorough inspections for pinholes, tears, tensile strength and elongation.

Signature Glide comes in a translucent color, which according to AORN recommendations for double-gloving, provides excellent contrast to detect tears and pinholes. The new glove's exterior finish provides exceptional control and tactile sensitivity ideal for use in variety of procedures. With a slightly widened palm designed to reduce hand fatigue, Signature Glide also features a reinforced cuff to reduce roll down and tearing.

"Medline believes that user insight is of highest priority when providing a product with premium features and exceptional design," said Paul Bottcher, president of Medline's surgical gloves division. "Signature Glide provides the quality, strength and performance surgeons and staff expect out of their surgical gloves."

About Medline's OR Products and Programs

Medline started as an OR solutions provider more than 100 years ago when the company's founder got his start in health care by making surgeon gowns and was the innovator responsible for changing OR gowns from white to blue to reduce the dangerous glare from OR lights. Since then, Medline has built an entire suite of OR solutions that focus on solving the critical problems that cost hospitals more money.

Today, Medline's OR products include PerfecTemp(TM) for warming patients in the OR; OR gowns, masks and gloves, including the company's new Signature Glide(TM) glove; Medline's pressure ulcer prevention products and program; ClearCount RFID(TM) counting and detection used to locate RFID-tagged items within a surgical site; special flags, drapes and labels to help prevent wrong-site surgeries; a number of products designed to help prevent needle stick and blade injuries to both patients and staff; as well as ERASE CAUTI(R), innovative products and programs designed to reduce the risk of catheter-associated urinary tract infections, a common, yet avoidable surgical complication.

About Medline

As the nation's largest privately held manufacturer and distributor of healthcare products, Medline manufactures and distributes more than 125,000 products to hospitals, extended care facilities, surgery centers, physician offices, home care dealers, agencies and major retail outlets. Recently named one of the "100 Best Places to Work in Healthcare," Medline is headquartered in Mundelein, Ill.and has more than 1,100 dedicated sales representatives nationwide to support its broad product line, clinical programs and cost management services. For more information, visit

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