KCI Expands Operations in Brazil

Global Leader in Wound Management will Provide Specialist Training to Local Healthcare Professionals to Improve Patient Outcomes

KCI Expands Operations in Brazil

KCI Corporate CommunicationsMike Barger, 1-210-255-6825

announced that the company is expanding existing operations in Brazil. This expansion will enable KCI to deliver its therapies to more patients and help improve patient outcomes through the provision of specialist wound management training in V.A.C. Therapy. It will also contribute to the local economy by creating new jobs.

“Brazil represents a great opportunity for KCI as we look to establish our footprint in South America,” said Jim Cunniff, Senior Vice President, Americas. “With a direct team in Brazil, KCI can offer healthcare professionals specialist skills training in V.A.C. Therapy wound management and help treat more patients through our negative pressure wound therapy platform.”

Proprietary KCI negative pressure technologies have revolutionized the way in which caregivers treat a wide variety of wound types. V.A.C. Therapy is the only wound care technology substantiated by more than 20 randomized, controlled, clinical trials and over 750 peer-reviewed articles. It has been selected as the treatment of choice for more than 6.5 million wounds worldwide, delivering patient outcomes through well-established mechanisms of action.

“Brazil is at the leading edge of medical technology and many medical advances in Latin America,” said Israel Vierma, VP, Latin America & Brazil, KCI. “We are excited to broaden our offering of the gold standard of NPWT – V.A.C. Therapy – so we can help better the lives of more patients.”

KCI has had a presence in Brazil since 2006 through a distributor relationship with EFE Consultoria. KCI will continue to work with them and more than a dozen additional distributors in the area to provide KCI NPWT products to multiple call points. KCI established an office and Service Center in Sao Paulo for the current KCI Brasil team and will soon operate a second Service Center in Rio de Janeiro. Recently, KCI Brasil had a very successful presence at the World Trauma Congress in Rio de Janeiro and is planning on participating in the various local professional organizations and congresses in wound care in Brazil.

For more information about education and training courses for healthcare professionals, please contact: or +55 11 3192 1900.

Kinetic Concepts, Inc. is a leading global medical technology company devoted to the discovery, development, manufacture and marketing of innovative, high-technology therapies and products for the wound care and therapeutic support system markets. Headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, KCI has significantly advanced the science of wound healing over the course of more than three decades. KCI's success can be traced to a history deeply rooted in innovation and a passion for significantly improving patient outcomes while reducing the overall cost of care for patients around the world. Proprietary KCI negative pressure technologies have revolutionized the way in which caregivers treat a wide variety of wound types. The V.A.C. Therapy System has been used on more than 6.5 million wounds worldwide. Additional information about KCI and its products is available at .