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1998 Winners and their Suppliers

The 18 products listed below were named winners in the 1998 Medical Design Excellence Awards competition, the inaugural year of the program. Submitting companies were presented with their awards during a gala dinner ceremony held at New York City’s Plaza Hotel on June 3, 1998, coinciding with the Medical Design & Manufacturing East 1998 Conference and Exposition. In the 1998 MDEA competition, jurors presented awards in the following 12 categories (the winning products are listed here according to the categories in use since 2000, which differ slightly).

  • Clinical laboratory products.
  • Critical-care and emergency products.
  • Dental instruments and equipment.
  • Diagnostic devices–electromedical.
  • Diagnostic devices–other.
  • General therapeutic healthcare products.
  • Home medical equipment.
  • Implant and tissue-replacement products.
  • Medical components.
  • Rehabilitation and assistive technology.
  • Self-care products.
  • Surgical equipment and instruments.
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Critical-Care and Emergency Medicine Products

  • CombiCarrier CombiCarrier, manufactured by Hartwell Medical Corp. (Carlsbad, CA). The CombiCarrier is a stabilizing device used by emergency-care providers to safely transport patients from a trauma scene to the hospital. Supply and design credit to Morphix Design (Newport Beach, CA).






  • Temporary Pacemakers (Model 5348 Single Chamber and Model 5388 Dual Chamber) Temporary Pacemakers (Model 5348 Single Chamber and Model 5388 Dual Chamber), manufactured by Medtronic Inc. (Minneapolis, MN). These models are handheld temporary pacemakers engineered to restore normal heart function synchronization. Supply and design credit to IDEO(Palo Alto, CA).




Dental Instruments, Equipment, and Supplies

  • The Wand The Wand, manufactured by Milestone Scientific (Livingston, NJ). The Wand is a pain-free delivery system for localized dental anesthesia. Supply and design credit to Herbst LaZar Bell Inc. (Chicago, IL).








General Hospital Devices and Therapeutic Products

  • Colleague volumetric infusion pump Colleague volumetric infusion pump, manufactured by Baxter Healthcare Corp. (Round Lake, IL). The Colleague volumetric infusion pump is a pumping system for monitoring and controlling the amount and rate of nutritional supplements, medications, or other liquids that are infused into the patientís bloodstream. System software, user interface, and fluorescent display ensure proper setup, operation, and session monitoring. Supply and design credit to Insight Product Development LLC (Chicago). Named a 1998 MDEA winner in the category of General Therapeutic Healthcare Products.
  • Denver Micro V personal centrifuge Denver Micro V personal centrifuge, manufactured by Denver Instrument Co. (Arvada, CO). The Denver Micro V personal centrifuge is a user-friendly, low-cost unit featuring fluid sample containment protection, test-protocol memory, and easy parts removal for sterilization. Supply and design credit to Design Continuum Inc. (West Newton, MA). Named a 1998 MDEA winner in the category of Clinical Laboratory Products.
  • FirstPICC catheter FirstPICC catheter, manufactured by Becton Dickinson, Infusion Therapy Systems Group (Sandy, UT). The FirstPICC catheter is an extended-dwell catheter system designed for infusion-therapy applications in either a hospital or home-care environment. The system simplifies setup, provides immediate feedback to the clinician, and offers a more pleasant infusion-therapy regimen for the patient. Named a 1998 MDEA winner in the category of General Therapeutic Healthcare Products.
  • LogiCal pressure transducer system LogiCal pressure transducer system, manufactured by Medex Inc. (Hilliard, OH). The LogiCal pressure transducer system is a nonelectrical device that converts a patientís blood pressure reading into an electronic signal that can be amplified and displayed on a monitor. Named a 1998 MDEA winner in the category of Diagnostic Devices-Other.
  • SmartSite needle-free valve SmartSite needle-free valve, manufactured by Alaris Medical Systems (Creedmoor, NC). The SmartSite needle-free valve is a three-piece component for use in intravenous drug-delivery sets. It eliminates the need for additional access components, resulting in reduced risk of bacterial contamination and greater patient comfort. Named a 1998 MDEA winner in the category of Medical Components.

Implant and Tissue-Replacement Products

  • Dermagraft TransCyte skin replacement Dermagraft TransCyte skin replacement, manufactured by Advanced Tissue Sciences (La Jolla, CA). Dermagraft-TC skin replacement is a bioengineered human dermal tissue combined with a synthetic epidermal layer for use in burn treatment. The design of the products sterile cassette system facilitates seeding and growing of cells, cryogenic storage, shipment, and preparation for surgical use. Supply and design credit to IDEO Product Development (Palo Alto, CA + Chicago, IL).

In Vitro Diagnostic Products and Systems

  • Combination Cartridge Combination Cartridge, manufactured by Diametrics Medical Inc. (Roseville, MN). The Combination Cartridge is a single-platform, multitest, point-of-care blood analysis unit. Named a 1998 MDEA winner in the category of Clinical Laboratory Products.
  • UniFluidics hydraulics module UniFluidics hydraulics module, manufactured by Bayer Diagnostics (Tarrytown, NY). Integrating liquid pathways, valves, reaction chambers, heaters, optical cuvettes, connections, and plug-in interfaces into a precision-designed system, the UniFluidics hydraulics module is a core component of the Bayer Advia 120 blood-analyzing system. Named a 1998 MDEA winner in the category of Medical Components.



Over-The-Counter and Self-Care Products

  • Persist urinary control system Persist urinary control system, manufactured by DesChutes Medical Products Inc. (Bend, OR). The Persist urinary control system is a multifaceted treatment approach to urinary incontinence that includes a pelvic muscle exercise device, an instructional video, a patient journal, and clinical support via telephone and the Internet. Supply and design credit to Strategix ID (Bozeman, MT).

Radiological and Electromechanical Devices

  • PF Profiler PF Profiler, manufactured by Medical Graphics Corp. (St. Paul, MN). The PF Profiler is a pulmonary function testing unit that offers a full range of diagnostic readings while alleviating patient anxiety. Supply and design credit to redgroup (Minneapolis). Named a 1998 MDEA winner in the category of Diagnostic Devices-Electromedical.






Rehabilitation and Assistive-Technology Products

  • Clarion S-Series speech processor Clarion S-Series speech processor, manufactured by Advanced Bionics Corp. (San Fernando, CA). Used in conjunction with a cochlear implant, the Clarion S-Series speech processor is a portable device that processes sounds and enables patients who are not helped by amplification to hear. Supply and design credit to Stuart Karten Design (Marina del Rey, CA).



  • Quantum PD peritoneal dialysis system Quantum PD peritoneal dialysis system, manufactured by Baxter Healthcare Corp. (Largo, FL). The Quantum PD peritoneal dialysis system is an automated home system for providing nighttime augmentive therapy for patients undergoing peritoneal kidney dialysis during the day. Named a 1998 MDEA winner in the category of Home Medical Equipment.







  • TotalCare system acute-care hospital bed TotalCare system acute-care hospital bed, manufactured by Hill-Rom Company, Inc. (Batesville, IN). The TotalCare system acute-care hospital bed is a multifunction bed designed to increase patient mobility and facilitate caregiver assistance in either hospital or home-care environments. The bed offers reclining, sitting, and egress positioning. Named a 1998 MDEA winner in the category of General Therapeutic Healthcare Products.

Surgical Equipment, Instruments, and Supplies

  • Endoscopic Vessel-Harvesting System Endoscopic Vessel-Harvesting System, manufactured by Ethicon Endo-Surgery Inc. (Cincinnati), a Johnson & Johnson company. Eliminating groin-to-ankle incisions, this minimally invasive vessel-harvesting system requires just one to four 1-in. incisions, through which endoscopic instruments and fiber-optic scopes are inserted for locating, dissecting, and extracting the healthy vein. Supply and design credit to Dow Plastics (Midland, MI).
  • OrthoPAT orthopedic perioperative autotransfusion system OrthoPAT orthopedic perioperative autotransfusion system, manufactured by Transfusion Technologies Corp. (Natick, MA). The OrthoPAT orthopedic perioperative autotransfusion system is an autologous blood collection and transfusion system designed for use in joint replacement, spinal fusion, and similar orthopedic procedures. The systemís reservoir collects blood and dynamically separates and concentrates the red blood cells.









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