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 News Release - October 26, 2015

CareFusion Signs Exclusive Distribution Agreement With AAM Healthcare For Video Laryngoscope

SAN DIEGO, Oct. 26, 2015 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- CareFusion, a BD company (BDX), today announced its Vital Signs anesthesia delivery and patient monitoring business has entered into an exclusive agreement with AAM Healthcare to distribute its APA™ video laryngoscope in the U.S. and 12 other countries.

The APA™ video laryngoscope is a handheld, portable device to aid in tracheal intubation. Inspired and designed by clinicians, this is an all-in-one device for both routine and rescue airways that offers interchangeable Macintosh (MAC) and Difficult Airway Blades (DAB). The APA™ video laryngoscope is the first device of its kind to incorporate video into the practice of standard laryngoscopy.

Video laryngoscopy can improve first time intubation compared to standard intubations and can be five times less likely to need to perform an oesophageal intubation.1 The APA™ video laryngoscope offers improved Cormack-Lehane views,2 superior viewing angles compared to direct line of sight3 and an improved view of anatomical structures that are normally difficult or impossible to observe.4

"We are committed to providing our customers with the products they need through the combination of our own R&D efforts and strategic external collaborations," said David Young, vice president and general manager of the Vital Signs business line. "For more than 40 years, Vital Signs has strived to provide innovative and quality products, and the APA™ video laryngoscope is no exception."

The APA™ is intuitive for those familiar with direct laryngoscopy5 and has an innovative guiding mechanism to facilitate difficult intubations.6 The curved angulated blade and the patented prism technology allow clinicians to "look around the corner,"6 resulting in a faster and more successful intubation versus direct laryngoscopy.7

The product was first introduced by Vital Signs at the European Society of Anesthesia in June 2015 in Berlin, Germany. The product is commercially available through CareFusion in the United States, France, Spain, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Finland, Sweden, United Kingdom, Ireland, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.

About CareFusion

CareFusion, a BD company, serves the health care industry with products and services that help hospitals measurably improve the safety and quality of care. The company develops industry-leading technologies including Alaris® infusion pumps and IV sets, MaxPlus® and MaxZero™ IV connectors and sets, Pyxis® automated dispensing and patient identification systems, AVEA®, LTV® series and AirLife® ventilation and respiratory products, ChloraPrep® products, MedMined® services for data mining surveillance, V. Mueller® surgical instruments, and an extensive line of products that support interventional medicine. For more information please visit www.carefusion.com.

About BD

BD is a leading medical technology company that partners with customers and stakeholders to address many of the world's most pressing and evolving health needs. Our innovative solutions are focused on improving medication management and patient safety; supporting infection prevention practices; equipping surgical and interventional procedures; improving drug delivery; aiding anesthesiology and respiratory care; advancing cellular research and applications; enhancing the diagnosis of infectious diseases and cancers; and supporting the management of diabetes. We are more than 45,000 associates in 50 countries who strive to fulfill our purpose of "Helping all people live healthy lives" by advancing the quality, accessibility, safety and affordability of healthcare around the world. In 2015, BD welcomed CareFusion and its products into the BD family of solutions. For more information on BD, please visit www.bd.com.

About AAM Healthcare

AAM Healthcare is a global provider who specialises in advanced airway management video technology. A corporation whose focus is on the quality of care in airway management for both the patients and healthcare providers. Our technology is primarily inspired and driven by physicians who recognised a gap in current clinical experience. For more information on AAM Healthcare, please visit www.aamhealthcare.com.

1 Nouruzi-Sedeh P. et al. Anethesiology, 2009; 110(1): 32-37.

2 Zaouter C. et al. BJA, 114(2): 181-183.

3 DuCanto J.C et al. Anesthesiology News, 2013; Guide to Airway Management: Special report.

4 White P.F. et al. Anesthesiology News, 2011; Video Laryngoscopy: A debate.

5 Hodd J. et al. ASA, 2010; The A.P. Advance laryngoscope V Glidescope in High-fidelity simulator.

6 Zampone S. et al. Anaesthesiology Clinical Pharm, 2015; 31(1): 134-136.

7 Butchart A.G. et al. Acad Emerg Med, Jul 2011; 18(7): 692-698.


Source: CareFusion

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