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 News Release - July 12, 2007

Pleur-evac(R), Still Vital in Middle Age, Introduces New MINI Sahara(TM)

Teleflex Medical Celebrates 40 Years of Health Leadership with New Mobile Chest Drainage Unit

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C.--(HSMN NewsFeed)--Teleflex Medical recently celebrated the 40th anniversary of its Pleur-evac chest drainage product by unveiling its baby sister -- the new MINI Sahara, a smaller, more portable version of Teleflex Medical's Sahara unit. Teleflex Medical introduced the MINI Sahara at the American Association of Critical Care Nurses in Atlanta, GA, on May 22 - 24, 2007.

"I have used Pleur-evac Sahara chest drainage product exclusively over the last decade in more than over 7500 operations," states Robert James Cerfolio, MD, FACS, FCCP. Dr. Cerfolio is Professor of Surgery and Chief of Section of Thoracic Surgery at University of Alabama at Birmingham. "I love it primarily because of its safety and diagnostic features. I think the patient air leak meter is particularly important. As I've written in several national and international publications, this feature can help us send patients home sooner because we are able to manage the chest tube better and remove it sooner." Dr. Cerfolio added, "I predict that the new MINI Sahara model will become a useful adjunct to chest drainage therapy as well."

Pleur-evac revolutionized chest drainage

Forty years ago, the Pleur-evac chest drainage system introduced advanced fluid management technology that also included safety features that are taken for granted today. These include tip-over protection, a patient air leak meter, and latex-free tubing.

Chest drainage units are routinely used after open heart, thoracic or emergency surgery procedures to evacuate air and fluid present in the thoracic cavity. Without chest drainage, positive pressure may build up in the thoracic cavity and lead to significant patient problems. Pleur-evac inventor and surgeon, Dr. Sidney Mishkin, was inspired to act after he saw a nurse drop and break glass bottles traditionally used in chest drainage. Mishkin worked with an engineer to replace the three cumbersome bottles in a single-chambered disposable unit. He was turned down by a major healthcare company that concluded (incorrectly) that the device would not work. Undeterred, Mishkin approached Deknatel, a manufacturer of silk sutures, and Pleur-evac was introduced to hospitals in New York City in 1967.

Teleflex Medical is celebrating Pleur-evac's anniversary with communications to the healthcare industry, including direct mailings, print advertisements and Internet marketing. To learn more about Pleur-evac and its use, visit

About Teleflex Medical

Teleflex Medical 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 sleep therapy, respiratory care, anesthesia and urology
  • Instruments, medical devices and specialty sutures used in surgery
  • Design and manufacture of specialty products for medical device manufacturers

Teleflex Medical markets healthcare supplies under the HudsonRCI® and Rusch® brand names and surgical instruments and medical devices under the Beere®, Deknatel®, KMedic®, Pilling®, Pleur-evac®, Taut(TM), SMD and Weck® brands. Further information on Teleflex Medical products is available at

About Teleflex Incorporated

Teleflex Incorporated (NYSE:TFX ) is a diversified company with 2006 revenues of $2.5 billion. Teleflex designs, manufactures and distributes quality-engineered products and services for the aerospace, commercial, and medical markets worldwide. Headquartered in Limerick, Pa., with operations in 23 countries, Teleflex employs more than 19,000 people worldwide who focus on providing innovative solutions for customers. Additional information about Teleflex can be obtained from the company's website at

Source: Teleflex Medical

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