U.S. Navy Chooses Level 1 HOTLINE Fluid Warmers for USNS Comfort Hospital Ship

  U.S. Navy Chooses Level 1 HOTLINE Fluid Warmers for USNS Comfort Hospital
  Ship

Business Wire

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- September 27, 2012

Smiths Medical, a leading global manufacturer of medication delivery and
therapeutic products, announced today that the United States Navy awarded the
company with a contract to equip the USNS Comfort medical treatment facility
hospital ship with the company's Level 1^® HOTLINE^® Fluid Warmer.

HOTLINE^® Fluid Warmers are used during surgical procedures to warm cold
intravenous fluids, including blood, helping to prevent patient hypothermia, a
condition shown to increase the risk of post-operative complications and
infection. HOTLINE^® Fluid Warmers combat hypothermia by delivering
intravenous fluids or blood at or above body temperature, helping to keep
patients warm and comfortable while helping reduce recovery time, length of
stay, and costs to the hospital.

"Serving the men and women of the USNS Comfort, and those who find care aboard
her, with the highest quality medical equipment is an honor and a privilege
for Smiths Medical," said Srini Seshadri, President, Smiths Medical. "Our
Level 1^® patient and fluid warming devices have long been known for their
outstanding dependability and performance, qualities important to all
caregivers and patients, but particularly vital to those in remote locations
far from home and customer support."

About USNS Comfort
The USNS Comfort provides a mobile, flexible, and responsive medical
capability for acute medical and surgical care in support of U.S. military
elements where hostilities may be imminent or where crisis has prompted a U.S.
humanitarian civic assistance or disaster response, according to Military
Sealift Command Public Affairs.

About Smiths Medical
Smiths Medical  www.smiths-medical.com is a leading supplier of specialized
medical devices and equipment for global markets, focusing on the medication
delivery, vital care and safety devices market segments. It is part of Smiths
Group www.smiths.com, a global leader in applying advanced technologies for
markets in threat and contraband detection, energy, medical devices,
communications and engineered components. Smiths Group employs around 22,000
people in more than 50 countries.

Learn more at: www.smiths-medical.com/catalog/fluid-warming/low-flow-hotline

Contact:

Smiths Medical
Judith Rossi, 781-792-2539
judy.rossi@smiths-medical.com