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 News Release - January 10, 2006

Smiths Medical Launches Innovative Adjustable Flange Tracheostomy Tubes

CARLSBAD, Calif., Jan. 10 (HSMN NewsFeed) -- Smiths Medical has announced the launch of a new Portex® Blue Line® series of tracheostomy tubes. The new Portex® Blue Line® 527 and 529 Adjustable Flange Tracheostomy Tubes (AFTT) are available as of January 5, 2006 and replace the Portex® Blue Line® 521 series of Extra Horizontal Length Tracheostomy Tubes.

An improvement over the 521 series, the new Portex® Blue Line® Adjustable Flange Tracheostomy Tubes allow adjustment of horizontal distance and are suitable for patients that may require an adaptable horizontal length tube such as the obese, those with 'bull neck', those using a cervical collar, or those with pectoral flaps following radical neck surgery. Key features of the new Portex® Blue Line® AFTT include an adjustable flange, easy release locking mechanism, anatomically shaped tube, length gradations, initial tube rigidity for ease of insertion, a thermosensitive tube, and an optional low-pressure cuff.

"The Adjustable Flange Tracheostomy Tube allows the physician to tailor the horizontal tube length for patients that have abnormally large neck anatomy. This allows improved stabilization while accessing patient's airway to determine the most appropriate tracheostomy tube -- be it a standard, customized, or custom fit tube," said Tom Loescher, Director of Marketing for Tracheostomy and Arterial Blood Systems at Smiths Medical. "Adding this item to the Smiths Medical family of tracheostomy tubes complements its tracheostomy tube line to accommodate a range of patients with normal and abnormal neck anatomy."

About Smiths Medical

Smiths Medical is a clinically focused global leader in the design, manufacture, and distribution of medical devices used for a variety of therapeutic, diagnostic, and surgical procedures. The company's portfolio includes airway management, pain management, temperature management systems, infusion systems, implantable access systems, safety I.V. catheters, critical care monitoring, and insulin delivery systems. This product range offers customers clinical and economical advantages backed by experience, innovation, and value-added services, including extensive product training and support. For more information, visit the company's web site at

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