Smiths Medical, a leading global medical device manufacturer, today
announced the addition of its EDGE™ Safety Device technology to both its
Portex® Pro-Vent® and Portex® Pulsator® Arterial Blood Sampling (ABS)
syringes in the EU. The EDGE™ safety device provides a fully integrated,
simple method to help protect clinicians, patients and hospital workers
from accidental needle stick injuries. An audible click signals to the
user that the safety mechanism is engaged and ready for disposal in a
By utilizing the EDGE™ safety device technology, both the Portex®
Pro-Vent® Plus with EDGE™ safety and the Portex® Pulsator® Plus with
EDGE™ safety, can help provide protection from needle stick injuries,
easier implementation and clearer identification utilizing one-handed
activation, bevel orientation and color-coded needle gauges. Smiths
Medical, offers three ABS syringes, all with the FilterPro® air bubble
removal device, providing further protection from blood exposure.
"The recent safety legislation enactment in the EU has created greater
awareness and demand for device-base protection for clinicians," said
Shrikant Rahalkar, Vice President, Global Product Management, Safety
Solutions. "Incorporating EDGE™ safety device technology into our ABS
blood sampling syringes provides an additional level of protection for
patients as well as clinicians."
Smiths Medical's ABS sampling devices have been used clinically since
1995 in countries accepting CE marked device. The EDGE™ safety device
was introduced in 2009 with its initial application in hypodermic
injection products. Introducing this technology into Arterial Blood
Sampling adds advanced sharps safety technology for clinicians that
conduct procedures using blood-filled, hollow-bored needles which can
represent higher-risk potential for spreading infection.
For further information: www.safetyonpoint.com
Note: Product(s) described may not be licensed or available for sale in
Canada and other countries.
About Smiths Medical
Smiths Medical (www.smiths-medical.com)
is a leading supplier of specialized medical devices and equipment for
global markets, focusing on the medication delivery, vital care and
safety devices market segments. It is part of Smiths Group (www.smiths.com),
a global leader in applying advanced technologies for markets in threat
and contraband detection, energy, medical devices, communications and
engineered components. Smiths Group employs around 23,000 people in more
than 50 countries.
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