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Vital 5 Receives Clearance from the FDA for a First-To-Market, Dual Function Catheter System that Provides Simultaneous Anesthetic Infusion and Wound Drainage

Wed, 03/06/2013 - 8:00am
The Associated Press

LOGAN, Utah--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mar 6, 2013--Vital 5, LLC, a VentureMD portfolio company, announces that it has received clearance from the U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for ReLeaf™, a first-to-market, dual function catheter system that provides simultaneous anesthetic infusion and wound drainage.

Continuous anesthetic infusion to the surgical site in the immediate post-operative period has been clinically proven to provide significant improvements to pain management, but this therapy is currently not compatible with the millions of surgical cases where a wound drain is prescribed. By offering an integrated system that provides effective continuous local anesthetic infusion while also providing an effective wound drain function, the Vital 5 ReLeaf will greatly expand the number of patients who can benefit from local anesthetic infusion therapy.

The clinical applications for the Vital 5 ReLeaf include any invasive surgical procedure, including spine, orthopedic, cardiothoracic, plastic, general, obstetrics and gynecological procedures.

About Vital 5, LLC
Vital 5 is an early stage medical device company focused on developing advanced catheter technologies to meet the increasing demand for improved post-operative pain management.

About VentureMD
VentureMD (venturemd.com) is an angel capital firm and medical device incubator focused on musculoskeletal products. The company provides financial, human and intellectual capital to start-up medical device companies. Focused on the orthopedic, spine, endoscopy and dental markets, the company partners with entrepreneurs, inventors, technology transfer offices and seed stage start-ups to launch and manage new medical device companies.

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