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 News Release - March 13, 2006

Smith & Nephew Endoscopy's New CONDOR(TM) Control System Provides a Comprehensive Technology Interface for the Operating Room

ANDOVER, Mass., March 13 (HSMN NewsFeed) -- Smith & Nephew's (NYSE: SNN ; LSE: SN ) Endoscopy division today announced the release of the CONDOR Control System for operating rooms, a surgical command center that puts medical staff in control of the devices, patient information and even the lighting and temperature of the operating room.

The control system is designed as the nucleus of Smith & Nephew's Digital Operating Rooms (Digital ORs), customized surgical solutions designed to improve patient care and operating room efficiency.

"Our new CONDOR Control System enables surgeons and nurses to save time managing surgical devices and devote more time to the job they were trained to do -- attend to the needs of patients," said Sal Chiovari, vice president, Digital OR.

CONDOR technology, incorporated into Digital ORs, makes it possible for a medical team to send commands to medical devices, digital cameras, image management systems and other components using voice commands and a wireless touch panel. It also enables real-time streaming audio and video of the procedure over the Internet to classrooms, offices and consulting surgeons in other locations, around the world.

The system is modular. It can be configured to work with a hospital's existing information systems, and it can be upgraded as new features and new technology are released.

"The CONDOR Control System enables surgeons to offer their patients top- level medical care in a way that's efficient and cost-effective for their own businesses," Chiovari said. "The system is designed to be flexible and convenient to use and intuitive to learn."

About Smith & Nephew:

Smith & Nephew (NYSE: SNN, LSE: SN) ( is a global medical technology business, specializing in Endoscopy, Orthopaedic Reconstruction, Orthopaedic Trauma and Advanced Wound Management products. Smith & Nephew ranks as the global leader in arthroscopy and one of the world's leaders in advanced wound management and is one of the fastest growing orthopaedics companies in the world.

Smith & Nephew is dedicated to helping improve people's lives. The company prides itself on the strength of its relationships with its surgeon and professional healthcare customers, with whom its name is synonymous with the highest standards of performance, innovation and trust. The company has more than 8,500 employees and operates in 33 countries around the world and generated sales of nearly $2.6 billion.

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Source: Smith & Nephew

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