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03/09/2015

Halyard Health Introduces Improved MIC* PEG Feeding Tube Kit For Streamlined Procedure Placement

ALPHARETTA, Ga.March 9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Halyard Health (NYSE: HYH), formerly Kimberly-Clark Health Care, today announced the introduction of an improved placement kit for its Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy (PEG) tube, the MIC* PEG tube. The components of the kit have been organized to align with the procedural steps for tube placement. This streamlined kit enhances ease of use, saving time for clinicians performing the procedure.

With enteral feeding, liquid nourishment (and medication, when needed) is delivered by a tube surgically inserted into the stomach. The tube attaches to an extension, which connects to the feeding bottle, bag or pump containing the nutrient formula prescribed for the patient. PEG tubes are most commonly used in initial gastrostomy tube (g-tube) placement because the endoscopic method used is less invasive than surgical placement procedures.

One of the most common issues with PEG tubes are dislodgements of the device from the stomach wall. These dislodgements cost a single hospital more than $20,000 each year, often requiring emergency department visits, surgical consultations, replacement g-tubes and radiographic confirmation of tube positioning.1 The MIC* PEG kit features a secure fit and a unique tube design for simple traction removability that requires more force to remove and may result in fewer accidental dislodgements. For the 14 Fr PEG tube, only the endoscopic removal method should be used by clinician-customers (per the product labeling).

Other features and benefits of the new MIC* PEG kit include:

  • Reorganized Kit Components—Components are organized in the order of procedural steps to facilitate improved ease of use.
  • Longer Introducer Needle—Longer needle than competitive products to help facilitate placement.
  • Sterile Lidocaine—Provided within the kit for improved procedural efficiency. In the Safety Kit configuration, the vial has a rubber septum cap which eliminates need for breaking a glass ampule during the procedure.
  • Comprehensive Use & Care Guide—Available online to support tube management after placement.

"At Halyard, we pride ourselves on offering industry-leading digestive health products," said Quincy Weatherspoon, North American director of marketing, Digestive and Respiratory Health, Halyard Health. "As the latest addition to our MIC* portfolio of enteral feeding solutions, the new MIC* PEG kit not only makes PEG tube placements simpler for gastroenterologists, the product's unique design also reduces the likelihood of dislodgement, saving time for both physicians and patients."

The MIC* PEG Feeding Tube Kit is available immediately. For further information, visit us at www.halyardhealth.com/digestivehealth

About Halyard Health
Halyard Health (NYSE: HYH) is a medical technology company focused on preventing infection, eliminating pain and speeding recovery for healthcare providers and their patients. Headquartered in Alpharetta, Georgia, Halyard is committed to addressing some of today's most important healthcare needs, such as preventing healthcare-associated infections and reducing the use of narcotics while helping patients move from surgery to recovery. Halyard's business segments — Surgical & Infection Prevention and Medical Devices — develop, manufacture and market clinically superior solutions that improve medical outcomes and business performance in more than 100 countries. For more information, visit www.halyardhealth.com.

1 Rosenberger LH, et al. Late accidental dislodgement of a percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy tube: an underestimated burden on patients and the health care system. Surg Endosc. 2011 October; 25(10): 3307-3311