Friday, October 8, 2010

Romed to Distribute Z-Medica QuikClot Products for the First Time to Hospitals in Belgium

WALLINGFORD, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Z-Medica Corporation, a medical device company developing innovative hemostatic agents, today announced that it has signed an exclusive distribution agreement with Romed, a medical device distribution company focused on providing products and services to cardiac surgery, general surgery and anesthesia professionals. Romed will have the exclusive rights to sell and distribute Z-Medica’s full line of QuikClot® hemostatic agents to hospitals and healthcare professionals throughout Belgium.
QuikClot products received CE Mark from the European Union in November 2009 and the company has been negotiating distribution agreements with a series of best-of-breed medical device distributors such as Romed in European markets since then.
“We are pleased to enter the Belgium market through our partner Romed, one of the most well -respected medical device distributors in the country,” said Brian Herrman, Chief Executive Officer, Z-Medica. “Through the success of this agreement we take another step closer to our goal of global distribution of QuikClot’s growing line of life-saving hemostatic gauze products.”
QuikClot is a surgical gauze impregnated with kaolin, an inert mineral with no known contraindications, and can achieve hemostasis in severe bleeding situations in as little as three minutes. QuikClot is widely used throughout several clinical specialties, including cardiology, interventional radiology, critical care, dermatology, emergency medicine, orthopedics and OB/Gyn, and after months of testing against 12 other hemostatic products in the marketplace, the military version of the kaolin gauze (“Combat Gauze”) was chosen as the exclusive product for use by all US Military Forces in 2008. It continues to be the exclusive product used by all USA military forces for first line treatment of bleeding hemorrhage.
“We are pleased to be able to offer healthcare professionals and emergency personal throughout Belgium QuikClot’s line of innovative life-saving hemostatic dressings,” said Patrick Rosa, CEO of Romed. “We are impressed with what we have seen from QuikClot and we anticipate strong demand throughout our network of medical care providers.”
The QuikClot line of products to be distributed by Romed includes:
QuikClot® Combat Gauze™ is a soft, white, sterile, nonwoven 3” by 12 feet rolled or z-folded gauze impregnated with kaolin. Each roll of QuikClot Combat Gauze is individually wrapped in an easy rip, military grade foil pouch. Indicated for temporary external control of traumatic bleeding, QuikClot Combat Gauze is flexible and pliable and contours to all wounds. Recommended as the number one hemostatic agent by the COTCCC (Committee on Tactical Combat Casualty Care Committee), QuikClot Combat Gauze is the only product carried by all branches of the US Military to control life-threatening hemorrhage.
QuikClot® Emergency Dressing™ is an easy-to-use dressing which can achieve hemostasis in as little as three minutes, helping to prevent loss of life and limb. Because QuikClot requires very little training to administer, it can be effectively used by medical personnel, civilian first-responders and medical professionals in the field and in clinical environments. This dressing comes in various sizes, including a 4-ply 4” by 4” (10cm x 10cm) and a 6-ply 2”x2” (5cm x 5cm) format.
QuikClot® Interventional™ Hemostatic Bandage consists of a soft, white, double sterile, hydrophilic pad impregnated with kaolin. It is double-wrapped in a blister package and foil pouch for aseptic technique. QuikClot Interventional Hemostatic Bandage is applied topically as an adjunct to manual compression and is indicated for the local management and control of external bleeding from vascular access sites and percutantous catheters or tubes utilizing sheaths up to 12 Fr.
QuikClot® Pad™ consists of a soft, white, double sterile, three-ply 12”x12” (30cm x 30cm) pad impregnated with kaolin. It is double-wrapped in a peelable foil package for aseptic technique. QuikClot Trauma Pad is indicated for temporary external use to control traumatic bleeding and is also x-ray detectable to ensure proper removal.

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