ICU Medical Inc is a Delaware Corporation founded in 1984 and its initial public offering was in 1992. The Company is engaged in the development, manufacture and sale of medical devices used in infusion therapy, oncology and critical care applications. Its products improve patient outcomes by helping to prevent bloodstream infections and protect healthcare workers and patients from exposure to infectious diseases or hazardous drugs and monitoring continuous cardiac output of critical care patients. The Company's complete product line includes custom infusion systems, closed delivery systems for hazardous drugs, needle free infusion connectors, catheters and cardiac monitoring systems. Its products are categorized into three main product lines: Infusion Therapy, Critical Care and Oncology. I.V. therapy lines, used in hospitals and ambulatory clinics, consist of a tube running from a bottle or plastic bag containing an I.V. solution to a catheter inserted in a patient's vein. The tube typically has several injection ports or Y-sites (conventionally, entry tubes covered by rubber caps) to which a secondary I.V. line can be connected to permit constant intravenous administration of medications, fluids and nutrients, and to allow instantaneous intravenous administration of emergency medication. Critical care products are used to monitor vital signs as well as specific physiological functions of key organ systems and Oncology: Oncology products are used to prepare and deliver hazardous medications such as those used in chemotherapy which, if released, can have harmful effects to the healthcare worker and environment. Manufacturing of its products involves injection molding of plastic and silicone parts, manual and automated assembly of the molded plastic parts, needles and other components, quality control inspection, packaging and sterilization. The Company currently sells all of its products to I.V. product manufacturers, independent distributors and direct sales to the end user. It competes with other manufacturers of closed system transfer devices for the safe handling of oncology drugs, notably Becton Dickinson, CareFusion and B Braun. The Company's products are subject to clearance by the United States Food and Drug Administration ("FDA") under a number of statutes including the Food Drug and Cosmetics Act ("FDC Act").
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