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SIEMENS SPECIFIES ULTRALIFE BATTERIES FOR NEW PULSE OXIMETER

 NEWARK, N.Y., Oct. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Ultralife(R) (NASDAQ: ULBI) 9-volt lithium batteries are being provided with each new Siemens SIRECUST MICRO2(TM) Pulse Oximeter, according to Joseph M. Sovak, product manager, Siemens Medical Systems, Inc.
 Weighing 220g with the battery, the MICRO2 Pulse Oximeter is the only product on the market providing all the features of bedside units in a size that fits conveniently into a therapist's coat pocket. The MICRO2 Pulse Oximeter determines the oxygen saturation (percent SpO2) and the pulse rate by measuring the functional oxyhemoglobin based on the transmittance method.
 Many hospitals are now requiring pulse oximetry for all patients, so access to a portable pulse oximeter is becoming increasingly important. Battery life is a primary concern for the clinical staff, who desire to devote their time to patient care instead of equipment maintenance.
 Ultralife batteries normally last up to four times longer than premium alkaline batteries and over 10 times longer than ordinary carbon batteries. On the average, alkaline batteries last about 8 hours in the Siemens MICRO2 Pulse Oximeter, while the Ultralife batteries last 24 hours.
 In addition to the MICRO2 Pulse Oximeter, the Ultralife battery is currently in widespread use in a host of other medical products found commonly in home care companies, hospitals, nursing homes, and clinics. These products include portable clinical chemistry analyzers, ambulatory infusion pumps, TENS units, Holter monitors, digital thermometers, and telemetry systems which rely on the battery's consistent operation to relay critical information to a receiving station.
 Ultralife batteries weigh 25 percent less than alkaline batteries. This makes them the battery of choice for handheld medical equipment, like the MICRO2 Pulse Oximeter which is often placed in a pouch worn by patients or may be carried by a respiratory therapist in his or her lab coat pocket while making rounds.
 Environmentally friendly, Ultralife batteries do not contain any mercury, cadmium, nickel, or lead -- a major consideration when it comes time for medical personnel to dispose of discharged batteries. A premium product-enhancing power source, Ultralife lithium batteries have a shelf life up to 10 years.
 The Siemens MICRO2 Pulse Oximeter is ideal for ambulatory patients. It has broad-based applications in intensive and critical care monitoring, as well as for routine monitoring of general patient populations.
 Screen icons and prompts alert medical personnel to alarm limit violations, low-battery conditions and sensor malfunctions. Values are conveniently displayed on the unit's LCD screen. The pulse oximeter may also be connected to the SIRECUST 1481 T telemetry system enabling healthcare personnel to monitor readings continually from a central telemetry station.
 The Ultralife battery may be purchased directly from Siemens in handy 6-pack boxes. Each Ultralife battery is encased in a tamper- resistant foil pouch, assuring medical personnel of a fresh battery every time. The battery may also be purchased from Home Care Direct. For further information, contact Siemens at 800-333-8646 or call Ultralife directly at 800-332-5000.
 Ultralife is a registered mark. Both Foil-Pak and MICRO2 are trademarks.
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 /CONTACT: Julius Cirin of Ultralife, 315-332-7100/
 (ULBI)


CO: Ultralife Batteries, Inc.; Siemens Medical Systems, Inc. ST: New York IN: HEA SU: PDT

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