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Nellcor And Puritan Bennett Join American Association for Respiratory Care's Corporate Partner Program 
10/19/2005 5:11:05 PM

PLEASANTON, Calif., April 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Nellcor and Puritan Bennett have joined with the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) as a corporate partner. This new alliance will promote the exchange of ideas between health care professionals and two world leaders in respiratory care technology.

"The respiratory care industry is an important part of our community," said AARC's chief operating officer Kevin Shrake, MA, RRT, FAARC. "For many years, Nellcor and Puritan Bennett have supported the respiratory care profession through excellent technology, resources for accredited respiratory care programs, access to an unparalleled clinical field team, and first-rate customer support. We're extremely pleased to have Nellcor and Puritan Bennett join us as corporate partners."

The Corporate Partner Program is comprised of best-in-class organizations interested in supporting the goals and work of the Association. The program aims to give respiratory care providers information, insights, and innovative approaches to improve performance and advance the health of their patients.

"Nellcor and Puritan Bennett have earned corporate partner status as the result of years of providing substantial support to the AARC," said Dan Roth, Director of Marketing, Nellcor Oximetry. "It has always been our goal to support clinicians through professional organizations such as the AARC. The respiratory care field is a very important group to us since these clinicians rely heavily on our technology in managing care for their patients."

As the world's leading supplier of pulse oximetry and airway management technology, Nellcor is dedicated to developing innovative, clinically relevant medical products with an emphasis on noninvasive patient safety monitoring and respiratory care. Last year, Nellcor introduced the new OxiMax(R) Pulse Oximetry System, the most successful product launch in the company's 20-year history. In addition to providing outstanding technology, Nellcor serves its customers with an exceptional level of product support, technical service and clinical education resources.

Puritan Bennett is one of the world's premier producers of respiratory- related medical products serving patients from the hospital to the home. The company is a leader in ventilators, oxygen and sleep therapy equipment, sleep diagnostics, spirometry and other respiratory care products. Puritan Bennett's technological expertise and in-depth understanding of real-world clinical issues have resulted in numerous improvements in the field of respiratory care. Like Nellcor, Puritan Bennett offers an exceptional level of customer support that includes technical service and clinical education resources.

About the AARC

The AARC, the only professional membership association for respiratory therapists, focuses primarily on respiratory therapy education and research. Its goals are to ensure that respiratory patients receive safe and effective care from qualified professionals and to benefit respiratory health care providers. The Association continues to advocate, on behalf of pulmonary patients, for appropriate access to respiratory services provided by qualified professionals.

About Nellcor

Nellcor is dedicated to developing innovative, clinically relevant medical products with an emphasis on noninvasive patient safety monitoring and respiratory care. A part of Tyco Healthcare, Nellcor is the world's foremost supplier of pulse oximetry and airway management products. The company also offers a wide range of products for measuring and regulating patient body temperature. Known for the highest standards of quality and reliability, Nellcor products contribute to patient care in every type of healthcare setting. Nellcor serves its customers with an exceptional level of product performance and support, technical service and clinical education resources. For more information, visit http://www.nellcor.com/.

About Puritan Bennett

Puritan Bennett is one of the world's premier producers of respiratory- related medical products serving patients from the hospital to the home. A part of Tyco Healthcare, Puritan Bennett is a leader in ventilators, oxygen and sleep therapy equipment, sleep diagnostics, spirometry and other respiratory care products. The company's technological expertise and in-depth understanding of real-world clinical issues have resulted in numerous improvements in the field of respiratory care. Puritan Bennett offers an exceptional level of customer support that includes technical service and clinical education resources. For more information, visit http://www.puritanbennett.com/.

About Tyco Healthcare

Tyco Healthcare, a business segment of Tyco International Ltd., is a leading manufacturer, distributor and servicer of medical devices worldwide. Its broad portfolio includes disposable medical supplies, monitoring equipment, medical instruments and bulk analgesic pharmaceuticals, sold under such names as Auto Suture, Kendall, Mallinckrodt, Nellcor, Puritan Bennett, United States Surgical, Valleylab and others.

Editorial Contacts: Kristin Garvin Nellcor (925) 463-4353 Kristin.Garvin@nellcor.com Randy Krotz Tyco Healthcare/Mallinckrodt (314) 654-5233 Randy.Krotz@tycohealthcare.com Kris Williams AARC Communications Manager (972) 406-4690 Williams@aarc.org

Nellcor

CONTACT: Kristin Garvin of Nellcor, +1-925-463-4353,Kristin.Garvin@nellcor.com; or Randy Krotz of Tyco Healthcare/Mallinckrodt,+1-314-654-5233, Randy.Krotz@tycohealthcare.com; or Kris Williams,Communications Manager of AARC, +1-972-406-4690, Williams@aarc.org


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