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 News Release - October 14, 2007

Newly Launched B. Braun Contiplex(R) Stim System Redefines Standards for Stimulating Catheters

New Catheter Optimized for Nerve Stimulation and Is Easily Visible under Ultrasound

BETHLEHEM, Pa.--(HSMN NewsFeed)--B. Braun, the world leader in regional anesthesia, launched the Contiplex® Stim Stimulating Catheter Nerve Block System today at the 2007 annual meeting of the American Society of Anesthesiologists in San Francisco.

Stuart A. Grant, M.B., professor of anesthesiology at Duke University, who recently used the prototype catheter system said, “We used the catheter system successfully in a variety of upper and lower limb nerve blocks and were impressed with its ease of use. The needle and catheter are easily visible under ultrasound, which is a bonus for our practice.”

The Contiplex® Stim System removes procedural steps that used to divert attention away from the patient. The new Stimuplex® Switch allows anesthesia providers to switch current from needle to catheter without the need to unplug and reconnect wiring. “The switch works well and allows transition from needle to catheter to occur without any reconnections. This allows anesthesiologists to keep their hands steady and focus on the nerve block,” added Dr. Grant.

Tim Richards, B. Braun Senior Vice President of U.S. Marketing commented, “B. Braun recognized the need to raise the standard for stimulating catheter nerve block products. The new ContIPLEX Stim system is designed to make catheter placement as easy as possible. We are pleased to hear the positive feedback from clinicians using the catheter with nerve stimulation, ultrasound guidance or a combination of both techniques.”

ContIPLEX Stim will be available nationwide in the United States and Canada beginning January 2008. For more information or to request a product demo please visit

About B. Braun

B. Braun is the recipient of the 2007 Frost & Sullivan Medical Technology Global Excellence Award for its excellence in helping healthcare providers improve the lives of their patients. B. Braun Smart Pumps have achieved "Category Leader" in the KLAS Top 20 Mid-Year Report Card for Smart Pump Technology, 2007.

Since its founding in 1839, B. Braun has built an unparalleled store of knowledge and expertise in delivering innovative healthcare products, medical devices and programs that enhance working processes in hospitals, alternate care settings and medical practices – increasing safety for patients, doctors and nurses. Its 34,000 employees worldwide are proud of their commitment to translating customer needs into products with unmatched quality, superior technology, cost-effectiveness and environmental responsibility.

Through its "Sharing Expertise®" initiative, B. Braun promotes best practices for continuous improvement of healthcare products and services. For more information about B. Braun or its safety healthcare products, call 800-854-6851, email us at or visit B. Braun at

Source: B. Braun Medical

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