Over $1 Million in KCI Wound Care Equipment Arrives in Joplin, Mo. To Aid Tornado Victims
Donation Helps Area Health Care Providers Treat Those Injured in the Disaster
SAN ANTONIO—June 7, 2011— Kinetic Concepts, Inc. (NYSE:KCI) today announced a contribution of over $1.2 million worth of advanced wound care products in response to a devastating F5 tornado on May 22 in Joplin, Mo. The equipment is being delivered to St. John's Regional Medical Center and Freeman Hospital in Joplin.
KCI is helping St. John's equip a mobile hospital near the site of the original medical center, which sustained major damage from the tornado. At Freeman, wound care products will be used to help those who suffered injuries in the storm become mobile more quickly.
The company is providing both hospitals the use of Spirit Select™ bed frames and AtmosAir™ 9000 Mattress Replacement System units, which will aid in pressure redistribution during the healing process for those suffering from tissue loss. The AtmosAir™9000 MRS features a proprietary self adjusting pressure redistribution system to help treat and prevent pressure ulcers. The system is non-powered, which makes it an especially appropriate choice for the St. John's mobile hospital unit. The surface will work in tandem with KCI's Skin IQ™ Microclimate Manager, a sophisticated coverlet that the company is donating to help further defend against the development of pressure ulcers.
KCI is also providing its latest negative pressure technology product to both St. John's and Freeman. The V.A.C.Via™ Therapy System, a portable device that utilizes the proven benefits and outcomes of V.A.C.® Therapy. This disposable product delivers consistent therapy at low to moderate-severity wound sites for seven days. It uses the science behind V.A.C.® Therapy and makes the process simpler and more mobile for a patient with lower-severity wounds.
"Medical services have been devastated, and we want to do all we can to help heal the wounded and rebuild a badly damaged medical infrastructure," said Stephen Seidel, global president, KCI Therapeutic Support Systems. "We are hopeful that the efforts we are making will help to more quickly heal both the physical and emotional wounds of those who have suffered so much."
"Access to the right medical supplies, most of which were damaged or lost during the storm, is key when helping heal the people we care for," said Dr. Robert Dodson, trauma director, St. John's Regional Medical Center. "KCI's generosity is allowing us to continue providing our patients with the highest level of care under difficult circumstances."
Local KCI sales and service professionals have also provided food and beverages to hospital workers, non-critical patients and their families at the mobile hospital unit.
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Kinetic Concepts, Inc. (NYSE:KCI) is a leading global medical technology company devoted to the discovery, development, manufacture and marketing of innovative, high-technology therapies and products for the wound care, tissue regeneration and therapeutic support system markets. Headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, KCI's success spans more than three decades and can be traced to a history deeply rooted in innovation and a passion for significantly improving the healing and the lives of patients around the world. The company employs approximately 7,100 people and markets its products in more than 20 countries. For more information about KCI and how its products are changing the practice of medicine, visit www.KCI1.com.