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CleoTM 90 Infusion Set from Smiths Medical wins medical design excellence award
Smiths Medical cited for its role as manufacturer
St. Paul, Minn. – April 24, 2006 – Smiths Medical, part of the global engineering business Smiths Group, today announced that its CleoTM 90 insulin infusion set has received a 2006 Medical Design Excellence Award.
Created after extensive conversations with insulin pump users, a team from Smiths Medical redefined the industry standard for infusion sets for individuals who rely on insulin pumps to control their diabetes. These devices are used by people who use an insulin pump, such as Smith Medical's Deltec Cozmo® insulin pump, to manage diabetes. The pump slowly delivers insulin through a small tube inserted in the body with a device such as the CleoTM 90 infusion set.
"We are honored to receive this important industry recognition of the CleoTM 90 infusion set's unique design and new features that reduce complexity, maximize comfort and ensure safety for persons with diabetes," said Jim Stitt, president of Smiths Medical MD, Inc. "The CleoTM 90 infusion set is the result of listening to our customers, and asking them what features would make their lives easier. It's no surprise that the CleoTM 90 infusion set is getting such positive reviews – our customers helped us design it."
Now in its ninth year, the Medical Device Excellence Awards competition is organized and presented by Canon Communications LLC (Los Angeles) and is the only awards program that exclusively recognizes contributions and advances in the design of medical products. Entries are evaluated on the basis of their design and engineering features, including innovative use of materials, user-related functions that improve healthcare delivery and change traditional medical attitudes or practices, features that provide enhanced benefits to the patient, and the ability of the product development team to overcome design and engineering challenges so the product meets its clinical objectives.
A comprehensive review of the entries was performed by an impartial, multidisciplinary panel of third-party jurors with expertise in biomedical engineering, human factors, industrial design, medicine, and diagnostics.
The CleoTM 90 infusion set is an all-in-one infusion set that includes an integrated sturdy sterile package, easy-to-use insertion device, 360º site connection, and automatic, needle-safe disposal container. The CleoTM 90 infusion set can be used with any open system insulin pump. Users follow a simple, three-step procedure: 1) remove the cap (it's shaped like a plastic bottle cap); 2) insert the cannula (a hidden needle automatically retracts after a plastic cannula is inserted); and 3) attach tubing to the cannula, which is then connected to an insulin pump.
The 2006 Medical Device Excellence Award winners will be honored at a June 7 ceremony during the Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) East Conference and Exposition in New York City's Javits Convention Center.
For information about the Medical Design Excellence Awards, visit the MDEA Web site at www.MDEAwards.com.
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Smiths Medical is a supplier of specialist medical devices to global markets. Smiths Medical comprises three product groupings: Safety Devices, Critical Care and Medication Delivery & Patient Monitoring (MDPM). Smiths Medical customers include hospitals and other healthcare providers worldwide. Smiths Medical employs nearly 7,500 people.
Smiths is a global engineering business, listed on the London Stock Exchange. Smiths focuses on high performance applications, building and sustaining market-leading businesses in growth sectors. It reaches deep into global markets taking its manufacturing closer to its customers. Smiths has four divisions: Aerospace, Detection, Medical and Specialty. It employs 32,000 people and has over 250 major facilities in 50 countries. For more information visit www.smiths-group.com.
Last Updated: Sunday April 23, 2006 12:47:20
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