Smiths Medical, Carlsbad, Calif, part of the global technology business Smiths Group, will unveil the most recent addition to its line of respiratory products at this year’s SCCM 36th Congress in Orlando, Fla February 17-20, 2007.

The new product, the Portex® SuctionPro™ 72 Closed Suction System, is designed for airway suctioning of critically ill patients and is indicated for up to 72 hours of continuous use. The closed system reduces risk of cross contamination and the lockable end cap helps prevent inadvertent suctioning. Additionally, Portex SuctionPro 72 offers an unobstructed evacuation pathway to make it easier to remove secretions. All Portex SuctionPro 72 products include a swivel connector to reduce torque to the patient, a Trac-Wedge™ to aid in disconnecting the catheter from the patient’s endotracheal or tracheostomy tube, and a patient label with day-of-the-week stickers to help monitor length of use.

“At Smiths Medical, we make it our mission to devise convenient and cost-efficient products that enable clinicians to achieve desired patient outcomes,” said Jeremy Russell, PhD, director of research and development at Smiths Medical. “The SuctionPro 72 closed suction system complements the Smiths Medical respiratory product offering and adds versatility to our already extensive device portfolio.”