Healthcare Industry News:  endotracheal tube 


 News Release - August 11, 2006

Teleflex Medical Launches Rusch EasyTube(R) - An Esophageal/Tracheal Double Lumen Tube

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C.--(HSMN NewsFeed)--Aug. 11, 2006--Teleflex Medical announced today the launch of the Rusch EasyTubeŽ, a dual lumen endotracheal tube designed for difficult or emergency airway intubation and ventilation. The Rusch EasyTube creates a viable airway whether it is placed in the trachea or in the esophagus, fulfilling an important need in the difficult airway market. The Rusch EasyTube contains a latex-free large-volume pharyngeal cuff and tapers down from a dual lumen above the pharyngeal cuff to a single lumen at the distal tip, thereby reducing the potential for trauma in either the esophagus or the trachea. Additionally, the second lumen allows for the easy passage of a bronchoscope. The availability of a 28 french and a 41 french allows the clinician to reach a wide range of patients - the 28 french can be used on patients as small as three feet tall.

"We at Teleflex Medical are excited to bring this revolutionary technology to market. The patented design of the Rusch EasyTube offers clinicians a unique alternative to the management of difficult airways by addressing two main customer concerns: latex sensitivity and tracheal trauma. The introduction of the Rusch EasyTube exemplifies our commitment to addressing the management of difficult airways and has become a valuable addition to our current Rusch and Sheridan endotracheal family of products," said Tim Hopper, VP/General Manager of the Medical Products business unit, Teleflex Medical.

The Rusch EasyTube rounds out the existing Teleflex Medical family of airway management products, which includes the Sheridan line of endotracheal tubes, anesthesia breathing circuits, face masks, stylets, resuscitation bags, oral airways, and emergency devices. Teleflex Medical also features the Rusch brand of airway management products, which includes Trachlight and a complete line of laryngoscopes.

About Teleflex Medical

Teleflex Medical, a division of Teleflex Incorporated, is a leading global supplier of disposable medical products, surgical instruments and medical devices. The division supports health providers along the continuum of care in three main areas:
  • Devices for anesthesia, sleep therapy, respiratory care, and urology
  • Surgical instruments, reusable and disposable surgical devices specializing in ligation and wound closure and devices for cardiac and thoracic surgery
  • Original equipment manufacturers
Teleflex Medical markets health care supplies under the Hudson RCI and Rusch brand names and surgical instruments and medical devices under the Beere, Deknatel, KMedic, Pilling and Weck brands. In 2005, Teleflex Medical had revenues of $831 million.

About Teleflex Incorporated

Teleflex Incorporated (NYSE:TFX ) is a diversified industrial company with 2005 annual revenues of $2.5 billion. Teleflex designs, manufactures and distributes quality engineered products and services for the aerospace, automotive, marine, industrial and medical markets worldwide. Headquartered in Limerick, Pa., with operations in 24 countries, Teleflex employs more than 20,000 people worldwide who focus on providing innovative solutions for customers. Additional information about Teleflex can be obtained from the Company's website on the Internet at

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EasyTube is a registered trademark of Willy Rusch GmbH.

Source: Teleflex Medical

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