Cadwell Supports ASAA
The American Sleep Apnea Association (ASAA), Washington DC, has announced that Cadwell Laboratories Inc, Kennewick, Wash, is the latest contributor to its Industry Roundtable. Members make unrestricted tax-deductible contributions to help ASAA reach the millions of Americans affected by sleep apnea. The Industry Roundtable also meets twice a year to discuss issues of interest in the field of sleep medicine.;

Vapotherm Announces AARC Presentations
Vapotherm Inc, Annapolis, Md, announces that the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) has approved three independent papers featuring the company’s flagship product, the Vapotherm 2000i, a hospital device for high-flow delivery of respiratory gases, for presentation during the 48th Annual International Respiratory Congress meeting in Tampa, Fla. Approved papers include: “Oxygen Concentrations via Nasal Cannula at High Flow Rates” by Tom Malinowski, RCP, RRT, FAARC, and James Lamberti, MD, Inova Fairfax Hospital, Fairfax, Va; “High Flow Nasal Versus High Flow Mask Oxygen Delivery: Tracheal Gas Concentration Through a Head Extension Airway Model” by Brian Tiep, MD, and Mary Barnett, RN, Pulmonary Care Continuum, Western University Health Sciences, Pomona, Calif; and “Helium/Oxygen (Heliox) in the Emergency Room: Comparison of Open System via High Flow Cannula Versus Closed System” by Kurt Meyer, RRT, Northwest Community Hospital, Arlington Heights, Ill.

 Pro-Tech Names Eastern Sales Director
Pro-Tech Services Inc, Mukilteo, Wash, hired Scott Cole as director of sales, eastern region. Cole will serve existing customers in the eastern half of the United States and Canada.

Nellcor Signs Purchasing Agreements
Nellcor, part of Tyco Healthcare, Pleasanton, Calif, has been awarded a 3-year contract for pulse oximetry equipment and sensors by the group purchasing arm of Premier Inc. The agreement extends the relationship between Nellcor and Premier until August 31, 2005, and includes the NellcorĀ® OxiMax™ Pulse Oximetry System, which includes the N-595 pulse oximeter and MAX-FAST™ Forehead Adhesive Sensor.

In other company news, Lifespan, a not-for-profit health care system based in Providence, RI, has purchased and will install 296 N-595 pulse oximeters.

Hans Rudolph Achieves Certification
Hans Rudolph, Kansas City, Mo, introduces its Full Quality Management & Quality Assurance System, which complies with and has been certified and registered to ISO 9001, ISO 13485, and EN 46001. The company’s product line also carries the CE Mark Registration for European countries.

Nonin and Penell Partner for Product Development
Nonin Medical Inc, Plymouth, Minn, has signed an agreement with Penell A/S of Denmark, for the two companies to develop advanced pulse oximetry with wireless monitoring using Bluetooth™ technology. This wireless pulse oximeter will eliminate the need for the cable that connects a sensor, often attached to the patient’s fingertip, with a monitor. Patients will be able to walk around or shift positions without being restricted by the cable.

Westmed Acquires Owens-BriGam
Tucson, Ariz-based Westmed has recently acquired the assets and ongoing business of Owens-BriGam Medical Co, a manufacturing company out of Morganton, NC. The acquisition expands Westmed’s product scope into both respiratory and anesthesia related care markets.

 Sleepmate Hires VP of Sales
Bob Hoebing has joined Sleepmate Technologies, Midlothian, Va, as the vice president of sales. Bringing with him more than 20 years of experience, Hoebing’s first goal will be the launch of the company’s Sleepmate Professional Training Series.