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KCI seeks global dominance


SAN ANTONIO – Kinetic Concepts Inc. (KCI) in September announced it merged forces with LifeCell, a maker of tissue repair products, to form a $2 billion company that can addresses the gamut of wound care.

Binson’s celebrates 60 years with expansion


CENTER LINE, Mich. – On the strength of its success in the competitive bidding program, Binson’s Home Health Care is celebrating its 60th anniversary by hiring up to 100 new employees, according to a press release.

Providers on grandfathering: Keep serving, keep collecting


WASHINGTON – Grandfathering may help keep non-contract suppliers in Round 2 afloat, but it’s only a temporary fix for them and their patients, they say.

OIG rehashes HME recommendations


WASHINGTON – The Office of Inspector General (OIG) won’t let go of the idea of reducing the rental period for home oxygen.

KCI gets out of bed business


SAN ANTONIO – Getinge AB, a player in the European support surfaces market, is positioning itself to become a major player on this side of the Atlantic with its acquisition of Kinetic Concept, Inc.’s (KCI) support surfaces business.

KCI sells bed business


SAN ANTONIO – Kinetic Concepts, Inc. (KCI) announced Aug. 15 that it has made good on its plan to offload its hospital bed business, selling it for $275 million to Swedish company Getinge AB.

From 'Classroom to Bedside'


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Smith & Nephew's Terry Coggins spent several months asking wound care providers how the company could provide better tools to help them care for patients.

Smith & Nephew remains positive


It's not a mature market but it's well established. As clinicians understand what the benefits are of the therapy and the results that they get, they naturally expand it to different applications. They see that you can use it on everything from a chronic wound to a more acute wound that might have come out of a trauma situation.

FDA report underscores need for qualified providers


The FDA said it has received reports of six deaths and 77 injuries associated with NPWT in the past two years.

Smith & Nephew remains positive


Smith & Nephew first entered the negative pressure wound therapy market in 2007 when it bought Blue Sky Medical, but the company has a long track record--150 years--of working in wound care. The NPWT market, currently about $1.2 billion annually in the United States, presents a "big, attractive opportunity," says Tom Dugan, president, North America for Smith & Nephew advanced wound management.