iF Product Design Awarded to S-Nerve BOTHELL, WA, March 6, 2008 - Sonosite, Inc., (Nasdaq: SONO) the world leader and specialist in point-of-care, hand-carried ultrasound, said today that its new S-Nerve™ ultrasound tool has received a design award from the prestigious International Forum (iF) in the Health+Care category. An international jury evaluated 2,771 entries based on design, functionality, aesthetics, innovation, workmanship and choice of materials. The S-Nerve tool, part of Sonosite's recently introduced S Series„¢ product line, is custom designed to support the visualization needs of anesthesiologists performing regional anesthesia.
Its breakthrough image quality, speed and simplicity were designed with input from leading practitioners who expressed a substantive need for a small, high-performance tool, designed to function exclusively for guidance of regional nerve blocks and central line placement. Like other products in Sonosite€™s S Series line, the S-Nerve device is a radically new concept in ultrasound unlike anything else in the marketplace and offers the option of a "zero" footprint. It can be mounted on a wall, the ceiling or on a pole by the patient€™s bedside. "Very sleek! It reminds me of Bang & Olufsen," commented Dr. Ian Harper, Consultant in Anesthesia, Wansbeck Hospital, Northumberland, England. "The vertical orientation and mounting of the machine is a logistical improvement. Space can be at a premium in an anesthetic room during a hectic day. Whoever designed this product got it exactly right."
"We are particularly happy that our S-Nerve product is not only valued by physicians for its usefulness, but that is has been recognized by the jury for its beautiful design," said Dieter Schwartmann, Vice President, Sonosite Europe. "S-Nerve excels as a result of its outstanding innovation in performance, design and user interface that facilitates physicians placing nerve blocks quickly and accurately." The S-Nerve ultrasound tool will be on display with other award winning products at the International Congress Center in Hannover, Germany until August 31, 2008.
Sonosite, Inc. (www.sonosite.com) is the innovator and world leader in hand-carried ultrasound. Headquartered near Seattle, USA, the company is represented by 10 subsidiaries and a global distribution network in over 100 countries. Sonosite€™s small, lightweight systems are expanding the use of ultrasound across the clinical spectrum by cost-effectively bringing high performance ultrasound to the point of patient care. The company employs 600 people worldwide.