-- First and Only Faecal Management System to Automatically Protect Against Over-inflation of Device's Retention Balloon
SKILLMAN, New Jersey, April 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- ConvaTec, a world-leading developer and marketer of innovative medical technologies, today announced the European launch of Flexi-Seal® CONTROL™ FMS, extending the company's leadership position in faecal management systems. Flexi-Seal® FMS is used by more hospitals and nurses than any other faecal management system in the world.
Flexi-Seal® CONTROL™ FMS, an advanced containment device for patients with acute faecal incontinence, is the first and only faecal management system that automatically protects against over-inflation of the device's retention balloon, ensuring an optimal fit and maximum effectiveness.
Faecal incontinence, a common condition affecting patients in intensive care, places a heavy burden on hospitals and carries significant risks to patients. Complications and harmful effects include skin breakdown and the development of pressure ulcers, as well as the spread of C.difficile, a dangerous bacterium, from infectious diarrhea.
"ConvaTec developed Flexi-Seal® CONTROL™ FMS to provide the most advanced health, economic and environmental benefits for hospitals and patients," said Paul Moraviec, President, EMEA. "The new system is designed to provide the same skin protection and infection containment benefits as existing Flexi-Seal® systems, plus new features that improve patient care and – priced at parity with Flexi-Seal® SIGNAL™ FMS – deliver more value."
The new features of Flexi-Seal® CONTROL™ FMS include a unique control valve that automatically shuts off once the optimal fill volume of the device's retention balloon is reached. This ensures optimal usage of the device and a secure, individual fit to protect the patient's skin from harmful effluent.
In addition to automatic fill control, Flexi-Seal® CONTROL™ FMS introduces total odor control combined with infection control, contributing to a better and safer environment for patients, visitors and hospital staff. Unique, end-to-end odor protection is provided by an advanced odor barrier that runs the full length of the tubing and a bag filter that has six times more odor-absorbing capacity, as demonstrated in vitro. The new Privacy™ Bag also allows clinicians to monitor waste collection without compromising patient privacy.
Flexi-Seal® CONTROL™ FMS has been proven, in vitro, to contain the spread of C.difficile infection. In addition, the closed system may help to reduce additional environmental contamination from other deadly pathogens, such as extended-spectrum beta-lactamase (ESBL) producing bacteria and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureaus (MRSA).
About Flexi-Seal® Faecal Management from ConvaTec
Flexi-Seal® FMS is a temporary containment device that has been shown to safely and effectively divert faecal matter, helping protect patients' skin from breakdown. It is the only faecal management system that has been proven, in vitro, to contain the spread of C.difficile infection. Flexi-Seal® FMS is indicated for patients with little to no bowel control and liquid or semi-liquid stool, and can be used for up to 29 consecutive days.
ConvaTec is a leading developer and marketer of innovative medical technologies that have helped improve the lives of millions of people worldwide. With four key focus areas – Ostomy Care, Wound Therapeutics, Continence and Critical Care, and Infusion Devices – ConvaTec products support healthcare professionals from the hospital to the community health setting. For more information, please visit www.convatec.com.
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