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2014 MDEA

ASSIST Silver wins Bronze in the 2014 Medical Design Excellence Awards

Spartanburg SC– Milliken Healthcare Products, LLC is pleased to announce its ASSIST Silver dressing portfolio has been named a Bronze Winner in the 16th Annual Medical Design Excellence Awards (MDEA) competition.

The Medical Design Excellence Awards are the industry’s premier design awards competition and is the only awards program exclusively recognizing contributions and advances in the design of medical devices. Entries are evaluated on the basis of their design and engineering features, including innovative use of materials, user-related functions improving healthcare delivery and changing traditional medical attitudes or practices, features providing enhanced benefits to the patient, and the ability of the product development team to overcome design and engineering challenges so the product meets its clinical objectives.

In the United States, each year approximately 500,000 individuals sustain burns that require medical attention. Complete graft take, reduced cost and patient comfort are a top priority in all burn centers. The ASSIST Silver product was developed through a collaboration between Milliken’s PhD scientists and burn surgeons in both the OR and treatment centers.  Insights gained from this collaboration led the team at Milliken to design ASSIST Silver dressings specifically for the management of skin and skin substitute graft applications where moisture management, antimicrobial activity and low adherence are paramount.   The management of excess moisture is accomplished with Active Fluid Management® (AFM®) technology, a proprietary technology developed by Milliken.  AFM creates a moisture transfer mechanism that pulls away and traps excess exudate, keeping the periwound skin dry, the graft site moist, and harmful exudate away from the graft site.  Furthermore, the addition of SelectSilver® antimicrobial technology exhibits a controlled release of silver ions that results in rapid and sustained antimicrobial efficacy for up to 7 days. Finally, the incorporation of a proprietary, porous, low-adherent layer helps facilitate both application and removal of the dressing.

Winners in the MDEA competition were announced for all ten of the competition’s categories June 11, 2014 at the awards ceremony that was held in conjunction with the 31st MD&M East event at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. For more information about the Medical Design Excellence Awards, visit

About Milliken Healthcare Products, LLC
Milliken Healthcare Products, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Milliken & Company, specializes in the science of moisture management to provide innovative solutions for the skin and wound care market. Milliken is an innovation company that has been exploring, discovering, and creating ways to enhance people’s lives since 1865. Our community of innovators has developed one of the largest collections of patents held by a private company. With expertise across a breadth of disciplines including specialty chemical, floor covering, and performance materials, we work around the world every day to add true value to people’s lives, improve health and safety, and make this world more sustainable. To learn more visit


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