WARSAW, Ind., March 5, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Symmetry Medical Inc. (NYSE:SMA), a leading global source of innovative medical device solutions, including surgical instruments, orthopedic implants, and sterilization cases and trays, announced today that its subsidiary, Symmetry Surgical, is launching its FlashPak ® Evolution valve at the 60 th Congress of the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) in San Diego.

The Evolution valve is the latest enhancement to Symmetry's market-leading immediate-use (flash) sterilization product, FlashPak. Distributed through Symmetry Surgical, the new valve's patent-pending stainless steel construction is designed for ease of use and simplicity of care, with no daily venting required and a seal with three times the closing force of legacy valves.

"The Evolution valve brings a new level of innovation to the reliable sterilization achieved with the FlashPak family of products, which clinicians have trusted for more than 25 years," said Chris Huntington, Chief Operating Officer, Symmetry Surgical. "The FlashPak has been a staple in the industry for more than two decades. The Evolution valve builds on its rich history, addressing the needs of a modern operating room by providing enhanced convenience and high-quality performance. As a result, our customers will be able to deliver sterile instruments within minutes with reduced maintenance requirements."

Symmetry Surgical will provide hands-on demonstrations of the FlashPak Evolution valve at the AORN meeting in the Company's Booth #3217.

About Symmetry Surgical

Symmetry Surgical is dedicated to developing quality surgical instruments that meet the needs of clinicians and help improve the lives of patients. Our portfolio brings together the product lines of Specialty Surgical Instrumentation (SSi), Olsen Medical and the recently acquired surgical instruments division Codman & Shurtleff, Inc. Our well-known brands include BOOKWALTER®, GREENBERG™, RILEY™, OLSEN™, ULTRA™, QUAD-LOCK™, FLASHPAK™, RAPIDCLEAN®, OPTI-LENGTH®, CLASSIC® and CLASSIC PLUS®. Headquartered in Nashville, Symmetry Surgical is a wholly owned subsidiary of Symmetry Medical Inc (NYSE:SMA).

About Symmetry Medical Inc.

Symmetry Medical Inc. is a leading global source of innovative medical device solutions, including surgical instruments, orthopedic implants, and sterilization cases and trays. The Company's thousands of Teammates provide design, development and worldwide production capabilities for these products to customers in the orthopedic industry, other medical device markets, and specialized non-healthcare markets. Symmetry's trusted reputation and brands, broad Intellectual Property portfolio and commitment to innovation enable it to collaborate with hundreds of global medical device manufacturers as well as thousands of hospitals to provide solutions for today's needs and tomorrow's growth. 

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