Velcro Industries Introduces Medical Product Innovations

New Antibacterial Fasteners and Catheter Securement Plasters Now Available

BARCELONA, Spain, Jun 19, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Today, the Velcro Companies, a technology-driven, global organization providing fastening solutions for businesses and consumers around the world, announced the release of a new range of antibacterial fasteners and an evolved catheter securement system that are applicable to a wide range of medical device solutions. Now available for customer product customization, these two innovations were developed in conjunction with members of Xpert Panel, a select group of nurses working in various medical specialties dedicated to the development of next-generation medical equipment solutions.

“We are extremely pleased to have worked with Xpert Panel’s nurses to develop these two innovations that solve challenges faced by medical caregivers every day,” said Frank Jaeger, Medical SBU Manager, Velcro EMEA. “In our more than 50 year history, the Velcro Companies has created hundreds of hook and loop solutions and best-in-class products for leading medical companies worldwide. We see tremendous value in our ability to offer customers new solutions based on specific end-user feedback.”

“These new antibacterial fasteners and catheter plasters will be game-changers for nurses,” said Jackie Lloyd-Jones. “It’s incredibly refreshing and encouraging that the Medical SBU is interested in understanding the unique needs and challenges faced by caregivers to ensure that the most trusted and relevant solutions are created.”

Antibacterial Fastener Range

As a result of feedback from Xpert Panel, VELCRO(R) Brand fasteners were enhanced with a highly specialized, antibacterial silver treatment to help reduce the risk of cross-contamination and create safer treatment environments in hospitals and emergency areas where equipment is oftentimes used by multiple patients. The antibacterial product range is available in black and white and features woven hook and loop and plastic high technology hook and fastening components in specifications that are ideal for use in blood pressure cuffs, X-ray cloth, Deep Vein Thrombosis, patient positioning straps, and operating table cushion fastening. The antibacterial properties of the new fasteners also help reduce odor, a benefit for long-term use and in active products such as Continuous Passive Motion (CPM) and rehabilitation braces.

The antibacterial fasteners are fully washable and help reduce overall sanitization efforts. The product range features a patented visual indication thread to give users quick confirmation that the fastener is antibacterial.

Catheter Securement Plasters

Further insights derived from its work with Xpert Panel led the Velcro Companies to develop a superior catheter securement system that is exceptionally strong and dust-resistant, and yet allows for easy adjustment. These patches use, skin friendly adhesives that are available in several formulations with performance optimized to different skin types and applications, such as for children or long-term use. The plaster’s low profile and adhesive advantages greatly improve catheter security and reduce complications resulting from accidental dislodgement. The new system is ideal for use in drains, IVs, feeding tubes and catheters of most types.

Additionally, the new catheter securement plasters feature an adhesive surface beneath the needle that allows the plaster to secure a variety of needle types and sizes. Versions of the product are customizable with color-coding or see-through needle cover tabs as well as branding options through printing technologies.

About The Velcro Companies

The Velcro Companies together comprise a technology-driven, global organization providing fastening solutions that solve problems in simple, elegant and surprising ways for businesses and consumers around the world. With more than 50 years of experience, the Velcro Companies are proud of their heritage in innovation. Velcro Industries B.V. owns over 300 active patents and numerous trademarks, including the VELCRO(R) mark which is registered throughout the world. The Velcro Companies offer global resources for world-class solutions, with manufacturing locations in Spain, the United States, Canada, Mexico, and China and sales offices around the world. “Like”” VELCRO® Brand on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/velcrobrand.