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Lee County MEDSTAR Flight Operations First to Implement Draeger Medical's New Emergency and Transport Ventilation System.

Oxylog 3000(TM) System for Use in Demanding Environments Proves Ideal Addition to Aircraft's Life Support Equipment

TELFORD, Pa. -- Marking its official launch into the U.S. emergency care market, Draeger Medical, Inc. announces the first implementation of its newest ventilation system, the Oxylog 3000, at Lee County MEDSTAR Flight Operations.

MEDSTAR, a division of Lee County Emergency Medical Services, serves as the primary air medical transport service for Lee County in Fort Myers, Fla. and is staffed with two critical care flight paramedics and an EMT/pilot. To ensure the best possible outcomes for patients before, during and after transportation, the aircraft is equipped with the latest Advanced Life Support (ALS) equipment - which now includes Draeger's Oxylog 3000.

"Whether we're conducting scene missions or inter-facility transports we need to make sure our patients receive the best care possible," said Lt. Michael G. Hamel, Operations Supervisor/Flight Paramedic, Lee County MEDSTAR. "In the testing phase, the Oxylog 3000 exceeded our expectations. Now in clinical use, the vent is performing flawlessly. The Oxylog 3000 allows our team the ability to provide ventilatory management to a wide spectrum of patients in a manner not previously available in our service. We're very pleased with the multi-parameter capabilities Oxylog 3000 in the critical care environment - so much so that we've made a purchase for another one."

Intended for the demanding emergency and transport environments, the Oxylog 3000 is ideal for supporting MEDSTAR's rapid transport of high priority patients or critically ill and injured persons. MEDSTAR's Hamel estimates that the ventilator could be used as many as fifty times per quarter, and in such a taxing environment the quality of design and construction needs to be of the highest caliber.

"The Oxylog 3000 is tailor-made for the extreme conditions that companies like MEDSTAR can operate under," said Tim Scharn, marketing manager for Pre- and Post-Hospital Care, Draeger Medical, Inc. "It contains the benefits of our intensive care unit ventilators, but with the rugged and simple-to-operate design that you need in extreme emergency situations, including at thousands of feet in the air."

Designed and manufactured with the same attention to detail and performance as Draeger's high-end Evita ICU ventilators, the Oxylog 3000 represents a significant advance in emergency and transport ventilation systems.

About Draeger Medical

Draeger Medical AG & Co. KG is one of the world's leading manufacturers of medical equipment, the largest division of Draegerwerk AG (history dates back to 1889) and a 65:35 joint venture company between Draegerwerk AG and Siemens AG. The global Company offers products, services and integrated CareArea[TM] Solutions throughout the patient care process - Emergency Care, Perioperative Care, Critical Care, Perinatal Care and Home Care. With headquarters in Lubeck, Germany, Draeger Medical employs nearly 6,000 people worldwide. Additional information is available on the Company's website www.draeger.com

About Lee County MEDSTAR

Lee County MEDSTAR is the air medical service that operates within the division of Lee County Public Safety's Emergency Medical Service providing the highest quality medicine and safe transportation to tertiary care facilities for the residents and visitors of Lee County and Southwest Florida. In fiscal year 2006, MEDSTAR transported more than 1000 patients. MEDSTAR operates two rotor-wing aircrafts and critical care trained paramedics provide care on scene missions and interfacility transfers. Lee County is bordered by 75 islands in the Gulf of Mexico with only four of the islands having road access. Due to this unique geographic layout, Lee County EMS established its rotor-wing program in 1978 - the first county-based system in the nation to do so. The first helicopter, a Bell 47, was similar to the one as seen on the M*A*S*H television show. The Bell 47 was eventfully replaced by a Bell 206 and in 1990 the Bell 206 was replaced with a new MBB BO105. In the summer of 2004, Lee County EMS was the first organization in the western hemisphere to receive an American Eurocopter EC145.
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