Drager Medical (Pleasanton, California) reported that it has certified interoperability between Drager's line of Infinity patient monitoring equipment and Trapeze Networks' line of NonStop Wireless networking. The Infinity patient monitoring system is built on almost 40 years of cardiac monitoring experience and a track record of technical innovation at the acute point of care. The product provides a single patient monitor that can be used throughout the hospital, including transport. Drager says this approach provides the benefits of standardization without compromising patient care or caregiver preferences, and enables patient and caregiver mobility. Drager specializes in the fields of emergency care, perioperative care, critical care or perinatal care and home mechanical ventilation.

Millipore (Billerica, Massachusetts) reported expansion of its 33 mm Sterile Millex family of syringe filters, used universally for sterilizing or clarifying solutions, and for sterile cell culture and clinical pharmaceutical applications. The 33 mm Millex syringe filters with Millipore Express PLUS (PES) membrane are available in 0.22 m (GP) and 0.45 m (HP) pore sizes and deliver faster filtration rates with low protein-binding properties, expanding Millipore's line of 33 mm syringe filters and offering a higher process volume of 200 ml and a greater burst strength (150 psig), allowing for high operating pressure. In addition to improving filtration throughput, Millipore says that the new Millex filters increase experimental reproducibility. Because 33 mm filters have a low hold-up volume (less than 100 L), there is minimal sample loss during filtration.

Nonin Medical (Minneapolis) has entered the clinical testing phase with its technology to measure regional oxygen saturation. The most common application for this technology is the continuous monitoring of the regional blood oxygenation in the brain — cerebral oximetry. The advanced modular design of this new technology permits future expansion of functionality, while also permitting product and data integration into other monitoring systems. Noninspecializes in the development of physiological monitoring products.

Varian (Palo Alto, California) reported an addition to its line of turbomolecular pumping systems, the TPS-compact, providing plug-and-play, hydrocarbon-free, ultra-high vacuum pumping in both bench-top and mobile models, backed by a light (maximum weight 19.1 kg/42.1 lbs.) scroll pump. The portable, integrated turbo pumping system is powered by either the Turbo-V 81 MacroTorr or Turbo-V 301 Navigator pumps, including control and communications software, backed by the Varian IDP-3 Dry Scroll (60 L/min) primary pump. Varian said that the system can pump down small and medium volumes quickly, and the scroll pump backing extends the life of the turbomolecular pump, reducing its power consumption by 30%. Varian makes instruments and vacuum technologies for the life sciences.

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