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Public Higher Education Bulletin

University of Illinois at Chicago
Exemption #402IDM
Announcement of an Exempt Purchase
Award Info Published Wednesday January 9, 2019
Awarded to:
Vendor: Applied Medical Distribution Corporation, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
Amount: An estimated $1,000,000
An estimated start date of 4/1/2019 through 3/31/2024
The University award process may be delayed up to thirty days as this award goes through a state approval process.
First published Wednesday, January 9, 2019
The University awarded a contract for medical trocars.
Applied Medical offers medical trocars that are used in laparoscopic surgery. A trocar (or trochar) is a medical device that is made up of an obturator (which may be a metal or plastic sharpened or non-bladed tip), a cannula (basically a hollow tube), and a seal. Trocars are placed through the abdomen during laparoscopic surgery. In patient terms, laparoscopic surgery has the advantages of avoiding large open wounds or incisions and thus of decreasing blood loss, pain and discomfort. Patients have fewer unwanted effects from analgesia because less analgesia is required. The fine instruments (trocars) are less apt to cause tissue trauma and blood loss.
This purchase is exempt from the usual selection processes of the Procurement Code because the procurement expenditure is for medical supplies or medical services necessary for the delivery of care and treatment at medical, dental, or veterinary teaching facilities utilized by SIU or U of I (30 ILCS 500 / 1-13(b-5)) Applied Medical?s trocars have to do with direct patient care and without them, the University of Illinois Hospital would not be able to offer certain laparoscopic procedures that in turn would drive patients elsewhere and result in a loss of revenue to the Hospital.

For additional information, contact:
Ian Masterton
University of Illinois at Chicago
Purchasing Division (M/C 560)
809 South Marshfield Avenue
Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: (312) 996-2801
FAX: (312) 996-3135

The State of Illinois has a policy to encourage prospective vendors to hire qualified veterans, minorities, females, persons with disabilities and ex-offenders.

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