New National Respiratory Conference
• FOCUS Publications Inc, Rhinebeck, NY, presents the FOCUS on Respiratory Care conference, a national meeting for therapists and nurses, April 5-7, 2001 in Cleveland. Fifty featured lecturers include John Marini, MD; Neil MacIntyre, MD; James Stoller, MD; George Burton, MD; and Bob Kacmarek, RRT, PhD. Keynote speakers include Patch Adams, MD, and Dr Leah Curtin, RN. The $195 registration fee includes lectures, three buffet meals, private concert by Don McLean, private reception at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and fun-filled exhibit hall with baseball greats Pete Rose and Brooks Robinson; 10 CEU credits. (800) 661-5690;

photoDigital Video
• Cadwell Laboratories, Kennewick, Wash, offers its synchronous digital video system for sleep studies. Up to 72 hours of time-locked digital video with audio can be recorded and synchronized to the 32-channel digital PSG/EEG record at 30 frames per second. The system includes simplified playback and editing tools used to extract significant PSG/EEG and video clips. Setup of the system is easy and integrates seamlessly with the Easy II Sleep acquisition, analysis, and review software; data are stored with a CD-R system. A variety of configurations are available to meet the demands of virtually any hospital or laboratory. The entire system is expandable with plug-ins such as spike detection software. (800) 245-3001;

PC System
• Micro Direct Inc, Auburn, Me, introduces the next-generation SuperSpiro, which combines the features of a PC-based spirometer with the convenience of a portable desktop system. Unique to the SuperSpiro are the large color display, real-time display of the full flow-volume loop or volume-time curve, children’s incentive, bronchial challenge test routine, powerful trend package, and internal memory for more than 1,000 patients. The SuperSpiro’s internal printer provides an ATS standard report with the option of an 8 1¼2” x 11” report via an external printer. (800) 588-3381;

photoPulmonary System
• Bard/Mill-Rose Labs, Billerica, Mass, introduces CPS—the complete pulmonary system—which includes a complete range of Wang Needles for transbronchial needle aspiration, BRONCHO™ disposable biopsy forceps, cleaning brushes, and cytology and microbiology brushes. The marriage of Mill-Rose Labs’ pulmonary products and expertise to Bard Interventional Products promises unprecedented service and access to the most complete line of high-quality, cost-effective endoscopic gastrointestinal and pulmonary devices available. (978) 663-8989; fax (978) 262-4806;

Blood Gas and Electrolyte System
• Instrumentation Laboratory (IL), Lexington, Mass, introduces the GEM® Premier™ 3000 Blood Gas and Electrolyte System for all laboratory and critical care testing sites. Based on a multi-use cartridge technology, the GEM Premier 3000 uses a Pentium computer offering expanded data management capabilities, such as patient trending, QC scheduling, and QC lockout. The multi-test cartridge technology currently measures pH, Po2, Pco2, Na+, K+, Ca++, and Hct, and contains everything necessary to assay whole blood samples. The system can be used as a stand-alone critical care analyzer or in satellite locations with remote viewing, or can network to IL’s IMPACT™ Information Management System. (800) 955-9525;

• Micro Direct Inc, Auburn, Me, offers the MicroGP spirometer featuring the Micro Direct digital volume transducer. The MicroGP meets the latest 1994 ATS standards for diagnostic devices. The MicroGP has a high degree of accuracy and is available in two versions. The basic MicroGP measures eight key diagnostic parameters and presents them along with predicted values and both flow-volume and volume-time curves on a convenient 8 1¼2” x 11” printout. The MicroGP can also be configured in accordance with the new NLHEP guidelines, providing the required test parameters, measurement of COPD severity, and quality checks. (800) 588-3381;

photoPF Analyzer
•PDS Instrumentation, Louisville, Colo, enhances its product offerings with the acquisition of S&M Instruments, manufacturer of the Keystone PF analyzer. The Keystone uses the industry-standard direct displacement method for determining lung volumes (total lung capacity, functional residual capacity, residual volume), and diffusion (DLCO). Many years of excellent performance have proven that steady-state helium dilution (for lung volumes) and single-breath analysis (for DLCO) are the most reliable techniques. The Keystone software simplifies these tests by guiding the user through the procedure. Customers demand the Keystone when their needs are unsurpassed accuracy and precision at an affordable price. (800) 785-6662; [email protected].

photoSleep Recorder
• Compumedics USA, North Oaks, Minn, introduces the newest member of the P-Series family of sleep recorders, the P-Series Plus. This 26-channel digital recording system is portable and can be used for attended or unattended studies. All raw data are recorded on an internal flash card that may be downloaded into a standard PC for scoring. It is also ideal for laboratory use. (877) 717-3975;

photoRespiratory Effort System
• Pro-Tech Services, Woodinville, Wash, offers the Quantum™/Synchrony™ quantifiable respiratory effort system. The Quantum respiratory effort belts utilize conductive elastomer technology and generate a linear measurement of the excursion of the abdomen and the thorax for enhanced data and greater dependability across all body positions. When combined with the Synchrony module, the abdominal and thoracic channels can then be added together to provide the user with a highly accurate “sum” channel, which is of great assistance in the identification of upper airway resistance and hypopneas. (425) 481-5452;