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Verathon Inc. Introduces GlideScope(R) Ranger Single Use Video Laryngoscope for Emergency Departments, EMS and Military; Enables Fast Intubations and Eliminates Time-Consuming Disinfection
Date:9/27/2007

BOTHELL, Wash., Sept. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Verathon Inc. is pleased to introduce the GlideScope(R) Ranger Single Use video laryngoscope that provides a clear, real-time view of the airway and endotracheal tube placement, enabling quick intubation. Optimized for demanding Emergency Department (ED), EMS and military applications, the GlideScope(R) Ranger Single Use design, which eliminates the need for disinfecting the "blade," is ideal for fast-paced intubation settings.

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Designed for "1st Pass Success," GlideScope(R) video laryngoscopes provide a real time view of the airway and of endotracheal tube placement, minimizing the need for a "blind" intubation procedure. The GlideScope(R) Ranger Single Use design is based on the GlideScope(R) reusable video laryngoscope that achieves a Cormack-Lehane Grade I or Grade II view 99 percent of the time.(i)

"The GlideScope(R) Ranger has become very popular with Emergency personnel over the past year," said Dr. John Pacey, inventor of the GlideScope(R) and President of Verathon Medical(R) Canada ULC. "EMS personnel appreciate the view, ease of use, portability and ruggedness of the device. Their only request was for a single-use version, so they could eliminate the wait that comes from disinfecting a reusable instrument."

The GlideScope(R) Ranger Single Use consists of: a slim video baton which houses a high-resolution camera with a patented anti-fogging mechanism to resist lens contamination; a non-glare color monitor that is easily seen in bright light; and single-use, sterile GVL(R) Stats in large and small sizes that offer a patented 60-degree blade angulation.

The GlideScope(R) Ranger was designed to meet the needs of military physicians and paramedics who work in extreme conditions and regularly treat patients with severe trauma. Endotracheal intubation carries a higher risk of improper tube placement when performed in an out-of-hospital setting. Clinical studies report that in emergency out-of-hospital intubations, up to 25% of endotracheal tubes (ETT) are misplaced, with 66% of misplaced tubes being inserted into the esophagus.(ii) Out-of-hospital intubations also carry a greater risk of complications. In a study of patients with severe head injuries undergoing endotracheal intubation, the odds of death were approximately 4 times greater for patients intubated outside the hospital.(iii) With this data in mind, Verathon designed the Ranger specifically to assist in challenging pre-hospital endotracheal intubation.

The Ranger provides a clear picture of the larynx and vocal cords on a display monitor, enabling visual control of the endotracheal tube in its trajectory toward the airway. Like other GlideScope(R) instruments, the Ranger does not require "line of sight" for view and takes less force than traditional methods, helping eliminate trauma to patients.(iv) It facilitates fast, accurate ETT placement in difficult and routine airways, and helps prevent improper ETT placement and related complications in emergency, out-of-hospital situations.

The GlideScope(R) Ranger, operational in seconds, is compact for easy carrying and storage, measuring only 7 1/4 x 6 3/8 inches and weighing less than two pounds. With its rugged, high-impact construction, the Ranger was designed to be dependable in an array of field conditions, including temperatures of -4 degrees to +122 degrees F, humidity up to 100 percent, and altitude up to 20,000 feet. The integrated, rechargeable lithium polymer battery provides a minimum 90-minute continuous-use autonomy and allows for approximately 20 intubations per battery cycle (depending on usage).

GlideRite(TM) tracheal tubes and a 90 degree rigid stylet, both used to facilitate intubation, are also provided. The importance of the GlideScope(R) rigid stylet cannot be over emphasized because of the control and effectiveness that it offers with the Ranger System.

The new GlideScope(R) Ranger Single Use Video Laryngoscope will be presented at the EMS Expo in Orlando, Florida, the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) Annual meeting in Seattle, and the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) Annual Meeting in San Francisco, all in October 2007.

About Verathon Inc.

Verathon(R), formerly Diagnostic Ultrasound Corp., designs and manufactures reliable, state-of-the-art medical devices and services that offer a meaningful improvement in patient care to the health care community. The company's noninvasive BladderScan(R) instrument is the standard of care for bladder volume measurement. The brand is found in over 60 countries in Urology and Primary Care practices, as well as Acute and Extended Care facilities. With the January 2006 acquisition of Saturn Biomedical Systems in Vancouver, Canada, Verathon(R) entered Anesthesiology, Critical Care and Emergency markets with the GlideScope(R) Video Laryngoscope (GVL(R)) brand. Verathon(R) is headquartered in Bothell, Washington and has approximately 280 employees worldwide. For more information, please visit http://www.verathon.com.

Media Contact: Jane Mueller, VP of Marketing, Verathon Medical Inc., 425.867.1348, Ext. 6060. Also: Carol Klimas, OffMadisonAve, 480.505.4527. Alternate Contacts: Joyce Chee, Executive Assistant - Marketing, 425.867.1348, Ext. 6064; Jessica McNerney, Executive Assistant to Gerald McMorrow, Verathon Inc., 425.867.1348, Ext. 1448.

Copyright (c) 2007, Verathon Inc. BladderScan(R), GlideScope(R), GVL(R), Verathon(R), and Verathon Medical(R) are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Verathon Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. All rights reserved.

(i) Cooper, RM. Cardiothoracic Anesthesia, Respiration and Airway; Early

clinical experience with a new videolaryngoscope (GlideScope(R)) in

728 patients. Canadian Journal of Anesthesia 2005; 52: 2: 191-198.

(ii) Wang H, Yealy D, Annals of Emergency Medicine. 2006;47(6):532-541.

(iii) Wang HE, Peitzman AB, Cassidy LD, Adelson PD, Yealy DM, Out-of-

hospital endotracheal intubation and outcome after traumatic brain

injury, Annals of Emergency Medicine, November 2004, Vol. 44, Issue

5, Pages 439-450.

(iv) Cooper, RM. Cardiothoracic Anesthesia, Respiration and Airway; Early

clinical experience with a new videolaryngoscope (GlideScope(R)) in

728 patients. Canadian Journal of Anesthesia 2005; 52: 2: 191-198;

Sun D.A, Warriner C.B, Parsons D.G, Klein R, Umedaly H.S, Moult M.

Respiration and the Airway. The GlideScope Video Laryngoscope:

randomized clinical trial in 200 patients. British Journal of

Anesthesia 2005; 94: 381-384.


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