Terumo Cardiovascular Systems Introduces Heart-Lung Machine to Optimize Cardiopulmonary Bypass

Terumo Cardiovascular Systems introduces heart-lung machine to optimize cardiopulmonary bypass ANN ARBOR, Mich. — March 20, 2003 — Terumo Cardiovascular Systems Corporation (Terumo CVS) announced the introduction of the Terumo® Advanced Perfusion System 1, the newest model in the longest commercially available line of heart lung machines. The system is intended for use during procedures requiring cardiopulmonary bypass. Incorporating a variety of technologies, including some developed by the high-end automotive industry, the system allows heart teams to adopt current trends that positively affect patient outcomes.

Terumo System 1's design allows the extracorporeal blood circuit to be positioned closer to the patient. The central control monitor not only displays information but also serves as a controller allowing the perfusionist to operate the system from a location further away. Most heart teams agree that reducing the overall contact area over which the blood passes can reduce the deleterious effects of cardiopulmonary bypass, including hemodilution and systemic inflammation. The system takes advantage of control area network technology similar to that found in high-end automobiles to deliver a high degree of flexibility, reliability and safety.

Terumo CVS manufactures Sarns brand heart-lung machines, first sold in 1961 to early heart programs. The company also manufactures, markets, and sells monitoring systems and a full line of cardiopulmonary bypass products for the global cardiac surgery market.

Terumo Cardiovascular Systems Corporation is a subsidiary of Terumo Corporation of Tokyo, Japan. It is headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan with manufacturing operations in Ann Arbor, as well as Elkton, Maryland; Ashland, Massachusetts; Tustin, California; and Matamoros, Mexico. Terumo Corporation is a premier global medical company with 2002 annual sales in excess of $1.7 billion. Terumo Corporation develops manufactures, and markets a wide range of medical products including syringes, needles, catheters, and blood bags.