Smith & Nephew Builds Canada's First Arthroscopic Digital Operating Room at Toronto Western Hospital

Smith & Nephew, Inc., Endoscopy Division, a subsidiary of Smith & Nephew plc (NYSE: SNN) (London Stock Exchange: SN), today announced that the company has extended its Digital Operating Room (Digital O.R.) client base with the recent completion of a custom-designed arthroscopic Digital O.R. for Toronto Western Hospital (Toronto).

Toronto Western Hospital's new Digital O.R. is central to the teaching and education role that makes Toronto Western Hospital a leader in Canada, and a respected institution worldwide.

"Our new Digital O.R. will help provide surgeons with access to, and training on, emerging technologies and medical devices that can provide improved patient outcomes for the growing number of sports-related soft tissue injuries," said Dr. Nizar Mahomed, Director, Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis Program, Toronto Western Hospital. "Smith & Nephew Endoscopy's experience and ability to provide customized solutions were the driving forces behind this development partnership."

Essential to the Digital O.R. is a digital image capture system that stores and manages patient images from the operating suite and a state-of-the-art multi-media audio/video system that can be utilized to route real-time surgical images.

"Most advantageous is our advanced multi-media audio video system that controls the flow of video and audio signals within the operating room and throughout the hospital's global network, allowing images to be sent to a consulting physician on another service at the hospital or to a meeting anywhere within the country or across the globe," added Dr. Mahomed.

"The integration of the surgical environment, a central focus of the Digital O.R., has been shown to improve efficiency by reducing operating time and turnaround time, while increasing surgeon control of the operating room equipment and overall operative environment," said Ron Sparks, president, Smith & Nephew Endoscopy. "We are proud to work with Toronto Western Hospital to bring the first arthroscopic Digital O.R. to Canada."

Smith & Nephew Endoscopy's sister division, Smith & Nephew Orthopaedics also contributed to Toronto Western Hospital's new Digital O.R. with the addition of computer-assisted total knee replacement surgery software and instrumentation. Computer-assisted surgery addresses the issue of alignment with an advanced convergence of multiple medical technologies. By combining fluoroscopic images of the femur and tibia with an implant-specific software package, the computer hardware can track the precise position of a patient's leg, the implant and the surgeon's instruments at all times during surgery.

About Toronto Western Hospital

Toronto Western Hospital has been serving the health care needs of its culturally diverse local community for more than 100 years, providing innovative programs for and information to children, seniors, diabetes patients, and many multicultural groups. The Musculoskeletal Health & Arthritis Program located at Toronto Western Hospital consolidates the musculoskeletal activities at the University Health Network into a single integrated entity that provides the entire continuum of musculoskeletal care in the context of an internationally renowned clinical, research and education program.

University Health Network is a major landmark in Canada's health care system and a teaching hospital of the University of Toronto. Building on the strengths and reputation of each of three remarkable hospitals, Toronto Western Hospital, Toronto General Hospital and Princess Margaret Hospital, the organization brings together the talent and resources that make it an international leader in health care.

About Smith & Nephew Inc., Endoscopy Division

Smith & Nephew Endoscopy is a world leader in the development and commercialization of endoscopic techniques.

It is one of the core business units of Smith & Nephew plc, (NYSE: SNN) (London Stock Exchange: SN), a leading worldwide medical devices company with a highly successful track record in developing, manufacturing and marketing a wide variety of innovative technologies. Smith & Nephew has extensive marketing and distribution capabilities, with established sales in more than 90 countries.

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