SonoSite handheld ultrasound receives design award

28 March 2008

SonoSite, Inc. (NASDAQ:SONO), a specialist in point-of-care, handheld ultrasound, has received a design award from the International Forum (iF) for its new S-Nerve ultrasound device.

An international jury evaluated 2,771 entries based on design, functionality, esthetics, innovation, workmanship and choice of materials.

The Sonosite S-Nerve ultrasound deviceThe S-Nerve, part of SonoSite’s recently introduced S Series product line, is custom designed to support the visualization needs of anaesthesiologists performing regional anaesthesia. Its breakthrough image quality, speed and simplicity were designed with input from leading practitioners who expressed a substantive need for a small, high-performance tool designed to function exclusively for guidance of regional nerve blocks and central line placement.

The S-Nerve device offers the option of a 'zero' footprint. It can be mounted on a wall, the ceiling or on a pole by the patient’s bedside. “Very sleek! It reminds me of Bang & Olufsen,” commented Dr. Ian Harper, Consultant in Anesthesia, Wansbeck Hospital, Northumberland, England. “The vertical orientation and mounting of the machine is a logistical improvement. Space can be at a premium in an anaesthetic room during a hectic day. Whoever designed this product got it exactly right.”

“We are particularly happy that our S-Nerve product is not only valued by physicians for its usefulness, but that is has been recognized by the jury for its beautiful design,” said Dieter Schwartmann, Vice President, SonoSite Europe.

The S-Nerve ultrasound tool will be on display with other award-winning products at the International Congress Centre in Hannover, Germany, until August 31, 2008.

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