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 News Release - October 23, 2006

Cook Inc. Introduces Double-Lumen Chest Tube for Improved Pleural Drainage

Company Increases Ease-of-Use, Accuracy and Patient Comfort With its Latest Version of Thal-Quick Chest Tube

BLOOMINGTON, Ind.--(HSMN NewsFeed)--Cook Inc., the world's largest privately-owned medical device manufacturer, announced today the availability of the Cook double-lumen Thal-Quick chest tube designed to improve pleural drainage. The device's 17-gage second lumen allows for increased aspiration or infusion, as the treatment channel can be used for either additional drainage or substance infusion to permit pleural drainage.

This latest version of the Thal-Quick chest tube, with a second lumen and 24 French size catheter, is intended to improve ease-of-use and placement of the device, as well as patient comfort. The wire guide allows a quick and direct route to the pleural drainage site. The chest tube inserter, which is fitted to the chest tube, provides a smooth transition for insertion over the wire guide, enhancing navigation and placement of the chest tube.

"The enhanced design of our double-lumen Thal-Quick chest tube is intended to offer both physicians and patients an improved experience," said Bruce Gingles, Global Leader of Cook's critical care business unit. "This product not only represents a significant achievement in medical device technology for pleural drainage, but it also demonstrates Cook's continued dedication to patients and our commitment to clinical innovation for improved outcomes."

The chest tube is placed using the standard percutaneous entry, the Seldinger technique. This minimally invasive procedure, named for Swedish radiologist, Dr. Sven Ivar Seldinger, allows for a relatively painless insertion, and provides for a better cosmetic result for the patient, as only a minimal incision is required.

Availability

The Cook double-lumen Thal-Quick chest tube is available for immediate shipment.

About Cook Incorporated

The world's largest privately held manufacturer of medical devices with international headquarters in Bloomington, Ind., Cook (www.Cookmedical.com/) is a leading designer, manufacturer and global distributor of minimally invasive medical device technology for diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. Since its founding in 1963, Cook has created innovative technologies for drug-eluting and bare metal stents, aortic and vascular endografts, catheters, wire guides, introducer needles and sheaths, embolization coils, medical biomaterials and contract manufacturing of biopharmaceuticals, vena cava filters and other minimally invasive medical devices for radiology, cardiology, urology and women's health, critical care medicine, surgery, gastroenterology, bone access and endovascular therapies.


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