Healthcare Industry News:  Smiths Medical 


 News Release - March 21, 2006

Smiths Medical Expands Line of Regional Anesthesia Needles

ST. PAUL, Minn.--(HSMN NewsFeed)--March 21, 2006--Smiths Medical MD, Inc. announced today the availability of their new line of needles for spinal anesthesia, lumbar puncture, and facet block procedures. Portex® RapID(TM) Spinal Needles expand and complement their existing range of spinal and epidural needles to create a more extensive product offering.

The new Portex® RapID(TM) Spinal Needle line consists of lancet and pencil point needles that feature a clear hub design with a large color-coded stylet cap. Both styles of needles include a stainless steel cannula with a stainless steel stylet. The needle gauge size is embossed directly on the hub. The new lancet point needles come in seven gauge and length sizes, and Smiths Medical has expanded the current pencil point needle offering to include two new sizes, 22 gauge and 27 gauge.

To provide the greatest amount of choice and flexibility, the new Portex® RapID(TM) Spinal Needles are available in individual sterile packages and in standard or custom sterile procedure trays.

Smiths Medical is a world leader in the design, manufacture, and distribution of medical devices used in infusion therapy, including Portex® Regional Anesthesia Trays, CADD® ambulatory infusion pumps, PORT-A-CATH® implantable access systems, GRIPPER PLUS® safety huber needles, CliniCath® PICC infusion catheters, and the CozMore® insulin technology system. Headquartered in St. Paul, Minn., Smiths Medical MD (Medication Delivery) is part of Smiths Group, London, and is committed to developing the highest quality, most reliable products to provide innovative, convenient and cost-effective drug delivery worldwide. For more information, visit or call 1-800-258-5361.

Source: Smiths Medical MD

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