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CE mark for Arrow @ VPS @ System brings sophisticated catheter tip location and guidance to Europe

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 3:45am
The Associated Press

LIMERICK, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr 9, 2012-- Teleflex Incorporated (NYSE: TFX), a leading global provider of medical devices for critical care and surgery, has announced that its VasoNova Inc. subsidiary has been issued CE certification from its notified body, the British Standards Institution (BSI), to market the company's Arrow VPS system to the European Union.

The Arrow VPS system is the first to use a unique micro-Doppler ultrasound technology in combination with intravascular ECG and advanced algorithms to provide precise guidance to clinicians and enable correct placement of catheter tips the first time. Employing a simple user interface and blue bullseye symbol, the new technology is designed to avoid clinical consequences such as thrombosis, arterial puncture and vessel wall damage. In the United States, this technology is already used to replace chest X-ray in adult patients when the steady blue bullseye is achieved, indicating proper placement, thereby reducing exposure to radiation and streamlining workflow. This provides benefits to the patient, the caregiver and the health care system.

The Arrow VPS system is available now and consists of a portable, reusable console with proprietary vascular positioning system technology and a single-use stylet that is used with compatible central venous and peripherally-inserted central catheters.

Teleflex began shipping product in January 2011 to hospitals in the United States and will begin marketing in Europe immediately.

"This clearance puts us in a position to establish a new standard of care in catheter placement in Europe," commented Paul Molloy, President, Vascular Division of Teleflex. "Our goal is to make zero complications a reality to improve outcomes and enhance patient and provider safety." The Teleflex Vascular Division markets a broad range of catheters for vascular access and vascular catheter management technologies, including the Arrow(R) brand of devices, already a market leader in Europe.

About Teleflex Incorporated Teleflex is a leading global provider of specialty medical devices for a range of procedures in critical care and surgery. Our mission is to provide solutions that enable healthcare providers to improve outcomes and enhance patient and provider safety. Headquartered in Limerick, PA, Teleflex employs approximately 11,500 people worldwide and serves healthcare providers in more than 130 countries. Additional information about Teleflex can be obtained from the company's website at teleflex.com.

Forward-Looking Statements Any statements contained in this press release that do not describe historical facts may constitute forward-looking statements. Any forward-looking statements contained herein are based on our management's current beliefs and expectations, but are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties and changes in circumstances, which may cause actual results or company actions to differ materially from what is expressed or implied by these statements. These risks and uncertainties are identified and described in more detail in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our Annual Report on Form 10-K.

Teleflex, Arrow, VasoNova, Vascular Positioning System and VPS are trademarks or registered trademarks of Teleflex Incorporated or its affiliates. 5/82012 Teleflex Incorporated. Lit. No. 2012-0847.

CONTACT: Teleflex Incorporated Jake Elguicze Treasurer and Vice President of Investor Relations 610-948-2836 KEYWORD: UNITED KINGDOM UNITED STATES EUROPE NORTH AMERICA PENNSYLVANIA INDUSTRY KEYWORD: SURGERY HEALTH HOSPITALS MEDICAL DEVICES RADIOLOGY SOURCE: Teleflex Incorporated Copyright Business Wire 2012 PUB: 04/09/2012 07:00 AM/DISC: 04/09/2012 07:00 AM http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20120409005070/

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