Ann Fahey-Widman, APR
Vice President, Corporate Communications
Mundelein, Ill. – Medline Industries, Inc. and 3M Health Care announce an exclusive license and supply agreement for 3M's electrosurgical patient plates in the United States. Under this agreement, Medline has acquired the exclusive license and sales rights in the United States for 3M's electrosurgical patient plates and accessories. Included are the 1100 series electrosurgical patient plates and the 9100 series universal patient plates with proprietary safety ring. This product line will be sold under the Medline brand.
3M brand patient plates are featured in national group purchasing contracts and are currently sold through several distribution channels. Medline will continue to support all sales channels and build upon the great relationships 3M has established with health care customers to ensure optimal supply costs and allow these customers to maintain their focus on patient safety.
Commenting on the agreement, Andy Mills, Medline president said, "It is one of those great marriages where our organization offers a strong nationwide sales network and complete offering of complementary electrosurgical products. 3M's reputation is unprecedented and we are very happy to have the responsibility to grow a high-quality product that has a proven performance and key benefits."
Chuck Kummeth, vice president and general manager, 3M Medical Division added, "By leveraging the strength of Medline's selling organization, we're able to focus on continued innovation and manufacturing excellence. Together, we can offer health care professionals a high quality, total solution in electrosurgery. We look forward to working with Medline now and in the future."
Also known as electrosurgical grounding pads or patient return electrodes, patient plates are intended to safely return electrical current from patients back to the generator during electrosurgical procedures. 3M has been supplying electrosurgical patient plates to the health care industry for 28 years, and has brought innovative, proprietary technologies to the product line. One example is the 3M green Safety Ring technology available on the Universal Pad, which keeps the maximum temperature of the patient's skin at a level similar to traditional pads that are up to 33 percent larger, while still meeting the AAMI Maximum Safe Temperature Rise criteria (AAMI Standard HF18:2001, Section 188.8.131.52).
About 3M Health Care
3M Health Care, one of 3M's six major business segments, provides world-class innovative products and services to help health care professionals improve the practice, delivery and outcome of patient care in medical, oral care, drug delivery and health information markets.
A recognized leader in research and development, 3M produces thousands of innovative products for dozens of diverse markets. 3M's core strength is applying its more than 40 distinct technology platforms – often in combination – to a wide array of customer needs. With $24 billion in sales, 3M employs 75,000 people worldwide and has operations in more than 60 countries. For more information, visit www.3M.com.
As the nation's largest privately held manufacturer and distributor of health care and surgical products, Medline manufactures and distributes more than 350,000 products to hospitals, extended care facilities, surgery centers, physician offices, home care providers and agencies, and retailers. Recently named one of the nation’s "Best and Brightest Companies to Work for,” Medline is headquartered in Mundelein, Ill. and has more than 1,100 dedicated sales representatives nationwide to support its broad product line and cost management services.
Over the past five years, Medline has been the fastest-growing distributor of medical and surgical supplies in the U.S., serving as the primary distributor to over 450 major hospitals and healthcare systems. As a leading distributor, Medline offers a comprehensive array of consulting and management services encompassing the supply chain and logistics, utilization and standardization, business tools and enhanced reporting capabilities and on-staff clinicians.
Medline has a growing network of 50 manufacturing and distribution centers worldwide, as well as an expanding, dedicated transportation fleet with over 200 vehicles in a variety of sizes to fit customers' specific delivery needs. The fleet is equipped with the latest navigation devices for enhanced order tracking and communication.