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- Kimberly-Clark Health Care’s innovative medical device designs
recognized for second year in a row -

(ROSWELL, Ga. – April 6, 2009) – Kimberly-Clark Health Care announced today that for the second consecutive year it has received a Medical Design Excellence Award for innovative device design. The company received a 2009 Medical Design Excellence Award for its MIC, MIC-KEY Introducer Kit, which facilitates the primary placement of balloon-retained enteral feeding tubes and enhances patient safety and comfort.

The Kimberly-Clark MIC, MIC-KEY Introducer Kit redefines primary placement by enabling physicians to safely and efficiently place its MIC, MIC-KEY Gastrostomy, Jejunal and Transgastric Jejunal feeding tubes, which provide delivery of enteral nutrition to patients requiring long-term nutritional support. The MIC, MIC-KEY Introducer Kit features a pre-loaded Saf-T-Pexy gastrointestinal suture anchor system, a telescoping serial dilator system and an over-the-wire stoma measuring device as well as safety devices to ensure ease of use and protection for the healthcare worker. 

“All components of the MIC, MIC-KEY Introducer Kit were designed with safety and efficiency in mind,” said Kimberly-Clark Health Care Vice President of Research and Engineering Susan Thomaschefsky. “At Kimberly-Clark, we seek opportunities for innovation in healthcare focusing on those that help improve patient outcomes and aid medical professionals on the frontlines of delivering care.”

The Medical Design Excellence Awards competition is organized and presented by Canon Communications LLC (Los Angeles) and is the only awards program that exclusively recognizes contributions and advances in the design of medical products. Entries are evaluated on the basis of their design and engineering features, including innovative use of materials, user-related functions that improve healthcare delivery and change traditional medical attitudes or practices, features that provide enhanced benefits to the patient and the ability of the product development team to overcome designand engineering challenges so that the product meets its clinical objectives.

A comprehensive review of the entries was performed by a multidisciplinary panel of third-party jurors with expertise in biomedical engineering, human factors, industrial design, medicine and diagnostics.

“We are delighted to be recognized by the MDEA judges again in 2009 for our innovation in the device category,” said Kimberly-Clark Health Care Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing John Amat. “Having received an MDEA award for two consecutive years is a testament to Kimberly-Clark’s commitment to bringing device innovations to the market that markedly improves the delivery of healthcare.” 

The 2009 Medical Design Excellence Award winners will be honored at a ceremony during the Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) East Conference and Exposition, Wednesday, June 9-11, 2009, at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Gold and silver award recipients will be announced at this time.

Kimberly-Clark in the Healthcare Environment

Around the world, medical professionals turn to Kimberly-Clark for a wide portfolio of solutions that improve the health, hygiene and well-being of their patients and staff. As part of their healing mission, caregivers rely on Kimberly-Clark to deliver clinical solutions and educational resources that they can depend on to prevent, diagnose and manage a wide variety of healthcare-associated infections. This over $1 billion global enterprise of Kimberly-Clark Corporation holds the No. 1 or No. 2 market share position in several categories including infection control solutions, surgical solutions, pain management and digestive health. And throughout the care continuum, patients and staff alike trust Kimberly-Clark medical supplies and devices, KLEENEX tissues, Kimberly-Clark professional skin care products and SCOTT towels for day-to-day needs. For more information, please visit



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