ri-cardio 24-hour Blood Pressure Monitor Sets the Standard for Blood Pressure Measurement

Rudolf Riester GmbH has been developing and manufacturing devices for blood pressure monitoring for over 60 years and its new ri-cardio 24-hour blood pressure monitor is the latest addition to its extensive range.
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ri-cardio offers 24 hours of blood pressure monitoring, considered by clinicians worldwide to be the gold standard in blood pressure determination. 24-hour monitoring delivers valuable diagnostic data that cannot be acquired by means of conventional sphygmomanometers in the hospital and at home as it incorporates temporal blood pressure fluctuations, nocturnal blood pressure and the nightly fall and morning increase in blood pressure levels.

ri-cardio uses clinically validated technology that is recognised by all three international standards: the British Hypertension Society, the European Society of Hypertension International Protocol and the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation.
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It is designed to be light and compact for patient comfort. It uses motion tolerant technology to ensure measurement accuracy and its quiet pump action pumps to 30 mm hg above the last systole to reduce measurement duration for the patient. A patented, elastic cuff ensures correct positioning without the typical, unwieldy closure and its curved design is suitable for the larger arm.

A flash memory chip in ri-cardio prevents possible data loss. The blood pressure monitor can connect to a computer via USB and user-friendly software allows configuration, analysis and interpretation of collected blood pressure results that can show hidden clinical issues such as latrogenic hypertension, masked or therapy-resistant hypertension and hypotension with anti-hypertensive therapy. PDF reports are compatible with patient data systems and can be configured to summarise relevant statistical data.

Riester’s ri-cardio package includes a 24 hour blood pressure monitor, software, 2 cuffs, a carry case with patient belt, a USB interface cable, 4 AA alkaline batteries, instructions and a 2 year guarantee

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Riester Introduces its New ri-focus® LED

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Riester’s medical lighting instruments with LED illumination show their quality and comfort in everyday use, even after long periods of operation.

Now the ri-focus® headlight is available in a new ri-focus® LED version which enhances illumination by 40% and improves ease of diagnosis. High performance LED, up to 100 000 Lux, offers numerous benefits, providing a brighter, whiter light that offers the operator clarity and a better-quality examination.

ri-focus® LED features a focusable LED lamp at a distance of 40 cm, which is infinitely adjustable. The lamp is attached to a flexible hinge which can be moved easily with one hand, keeping the other free for operation.

The wireless headband offers sustained comfort and is easy to clean thanks to an inner, removable and washable lining and a new battery compartment means changing the battery is fast and easy; ri-focus® LED can be optionally fitted with lithium, alkaline of rechargeable batteries.

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Modern LED Technology Improves Quality, Efficiency and Lifespan of E.N.T. Examination Instruments

Use of light emitting diodes (LEDs) as an energy-efficient light source has become more commonplace recently as the technology has improved over the last few years. The otoscopes and ophthalmoscopes in Riester’s ri-scope® L and e-scope® ranges now use LED lights to provide a clearer image and increased lifespan with their whiter light and excellent efficiency. LED illumination is also offered with all available instrument heads in Riester’s ri-former® modular wall diagnostic station, which offers a versatile combination of modular options and cost-savings by negating the need for batteries.
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Along with other energy-efficiency improvements such as durable li-ion batteries and automatic power management, Riester’s use of the most up-to-date technology offers doctors and nurses a range of E.N.T. examination instruments that provides higher quality light over a much longer lifespan. For example, the LED lamps in the ri-scope® L series will produce at least 20,000 hours of 17,500 Lux light intensity, compared to the 20-30 hours of a xenon or halogen bulb.

In addition to the direct user benefits, Riester is pleased to be offering a product that is much more environmentally friendly than traditional lamps, with the instruments using less energy, requiring less maintenance and making the batteries last much longer – meaning less waste from disposal and replacement. Alkaline batteries for e-scope® and lithium batteries for ri-scope® L have a much longer lifetime of 50 hours when used with LED illumination compared to traditional bulbs.

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New and Improved exacta® Aneroid Sphygmomanometer

Riester has upgraded its classic twin-tube aneroid sphygmomanometer, exacta®.

exacta® has been reduced in weight and is available in a latex-free version. The unit is designed to deliver lifelong precision thanks to long-lasting parts and a specially tempered copper-beryllium diaphragm that allows pressure loading up to 600mm Hg.

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It features a stainless steel metal clamp for hooking the pressure gauge to the cuff, and a durable air release valve that offers fine adjustment. The manometer scale delivers accurate and easy to read measurements, with a maximum error tolerance of +/- 3 mm Hg.

Riester offers a comprehensive selection of different sizes and versions of cuffs with exacta®. Delivery of exacta® includes a handy vinyl zipper bag.

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Aneroid Sphygmomanometers from Riester offer a Lifetime of Precision

For precision instruments that last a lifetime, Riester offers a range of modern sphygmomanometers with British BHS* validation. Riester’s Aneroid sphygmomanometers R1 shock-proof®, big ben® and e-mega® sets the standard for aneroid blood pressure measurement.

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The R1 shock-proof® blood pressure meter was designed with patent pending shock-proof technology developed with researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute in Stuttgart, Germany. The ‘two components’ system protects the measuring system from impacts that can result in deviations up to 10mmHg after shock and vibration damage. Results show Riester’s R1 shock-proof® barely deviates at all, up to 3mmHg, well within the accepted legal allowance, providing accurate and reliable readings. The R1 shock-proof® comes with a 5 year warranty to provide peace of mind.

e-mega® has been designed to deliver lifelong precision thanks to long-lasting parts and a specially tempered copper-berryllium diaphragm that allows pressure loading up to 600mm Hg. The ergonomic shape results in fast inflation and minimal patient discomfort. The large manometer measuring scale is accurate and easy to read, with a maximum error tolerance of +/- 3 mm Hg. The polished manometer is easy to disinfect, while a micro filter protects the air release valve and measuring system. e-mega comes with a bladderless cuff that is washable and easy to disinfect, saving time and preventing contamination.

big ben® is the highest grade analogue sphygmomanometer, designed to effortlessly weather the tough everyday conditions of the physician’s practice or hospital. The large scale is easy to read and the unit is available round or square, and as a desk, wall or floor model. The spiral tubing can extend up to 3m to provide greater range of motion.

R1 shock-proof®, big ben® and e-mega® encapsulate Riester’s lifetime measuring technology, which combines precision with durability and the peace of mind that the Riester name brings.

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New e-mega® Aneroid Sphygmomanometer Delivers Lifelong Precision

Riester has introduced its new aneroid palm-style sphygmomanometer, e-mega®.

e-mega® has been designed to deliver lifelong precision thanks to long-lasting parts and a specially tempered copper-beryllium diaphragm that allows pressure loading up to 600mm Hg.
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A new ergonomic spoon design allows fast inflation of the cuff to minimise patient discomfort. e-mega® is available as a 1 or 2 tube version attached to Riester’s washable, latex-free, one-piece cuff. The bladderless nylon Velcro cuff is reusable over 10 000 times and washable up to 60°C. Cleaning and disinfection for the one-piece-cuff is much easier than the standard cuff as it can be immersed completely into an alcohol disinfection solution after use, helping prevent contamination.

The large manometer scale delivers accurate and easy to read measurements, with a maximum error tolerance of +/- 3 mm Hg. The highly-polished manometer is easy to disinfect, while a micro filter protects the air release valve and measuring system.

Delivery of e-mega® includes the Riester one-piece cuff and vinyl zipper bag.

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Riester Uses New Technology to Power its e-scope® Pocket Instruments

Riester has introduced its new range of e-scope® pocket otoscope and ophthalmoscope instruments that use LED illumination powered by commercially available alkaline batteries. The LED pocket ophthalmoscope is the first of its kind on the market.

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Riester’s newly developed IPC (Integrated PowerConverter) within the e-scope® uses state-of-the-art technology, efficiently converting the voltage of conventional size AA alkaline batteries into the optimum voltage supply needed to power an LED. Compared to halogen or xenon bulbs, LED technology offers a brighter, whiter light with reduced reflection for colour-neutral illumination that facilitates an accurate diagnosis. LEDs last up to 6000 times longer than xenon illumination and the alkaline batteries need to be disposed of and replaced less often. The long LED lifetime, over 20 000 hours minimum, means e-scope® pocket instruments are low maintenance and environmentally friendly.

German engineered and manufactured Riester’s e-scope® pocket instruments are made of strong materials and suitable for both physicians and students alike. Made of glass-fibre reinforced plastic with exchangeable heads, instruments can be easily switched on and off using the slide-switch on the handle. In addition, e-scope® otoscope specula are compatible with Riester’s ri-mini®, pen-scope®, ri-scope® L1 and L2 and other reputable otoscope manufacturers. With a metal clip for secure attachment, the lightness and precision of the e-scope makes it a handy companion, not only during rounds and house calls, but also in daily use.

e-scope® otoscopes and ophthalmoscopes are also available with conventional, standard halogen and xenon illumination.

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Bladderless Sphygmomanometer Cuff is Easily Disinfected

Riester now offers a one-piece-cuff for all Riester sphygmomanometers as standard.

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One Piece Cuff from Riester

The new bladderless nylon Velcro cuff is reusable over 10 000 times and washable up to 60°C. Cleaning and disinfection for the one-piece-cuff is much easier than the standard cuff as it can be immersed completely into an alcohol disinfection solution after use. Made of latex-free material, it is especially practical for use in hospitals as it saves time and prevents contamination.

The one-piece-cuff is made of soft material for a comfortable feeling on the skin and comes with a 50cm length of tubing. It is available as a 1-tube or 2-tube version, with sizes to fit children, adults and obese patients. It has been tested according to ISO E01 Standards.

The Riester reusable one-piece-cuff makes checking blood pressure a safer and more efficient process, providing patient comfort and easy disinfection.

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Riester Improves its Laryngoscope Range

Riester now offers new products in its Laryngoscope range. ri-dispo disposable laryngoscope blades and new LED and plug-in handles make Riester Laryngoscopes much more efficient and user friendly.

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New disposable Macintosh and Miller laryngoscope blades for single use are made from robust Makrolon® plastic. Blades are sold in bundles of 20pcs, and each blade is individually packed in a plastic zipper bag which is perforated for quick and easy opening. Single-use blades help prevent cross-contamination and are appropriate for emergency situations.

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In addition, Riester is now introducing both standard LED handles and plug-in powered LED handles, for use both with reusable and disposable laryngoscope blades. High performance LEDs are available in 2.5V and 3.5V versions, which allow the operator to choose between using alkaline or rechargeable Lithium-Ion batteries as a power supply. LEDs offer a whiter, more intense light, and can operate for more than 20 000 hours. Plug-in Laryngoscope handles are available as 230V or 120V, and customers can choose between 3.5V Xenon or 3.5V LED versions.

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Halma announces record earnings and strategy for continued expansion

- £100m earmarked for acquisitions -

Halma p.l.c. (www.halma.com), the leading global safety, health and sensor technology group and parent company of Riester, has announced record results with profits up 9% to £86m and revenue rising by 1% to £459m. The UK-based group has posted strong financials to raise shareholder dividends by 7%, the thirty-first consecutive year of increases greater than 5%. The company plans to augment its organic growth efforts through acquisition of complementary technology companies, as it has done for many years.

Halma’s subsidiaries operate in three main market sectors: Health and Analysis, Infrastructure Sensors, and Industrial Safety, creating shareholder value with consistent organic growth and sound acquisitions. Halma companies operate as independent entities under the day-to-day direction of their local management, while reaping the capital and network benefits of a larger multi-national parent.

The company is seeking successful and profitable companies that are closely allied to any of its current market sectors, although Photonics, Water, Fluid Technology and Health Optics are a particular focus. It has £100m earmarked for acquisitions.

Halma’s photonics companies are established brands with market-leading technologies and products, which range from spectrometers to complementary technologies such as chemical sensors, analytical instrumentation, optical fibers, thin films and optics. The scope of applications is vast, from cancer detection to specialized architectural and theater lighting filters.

“We are proud of the success our companies have attained and really excited about the continuing opportunities within the photonics industries,” explains Adam Meyers, Divisional Chief Executive of Halma’s Health Optics & Photonics Division.  “Halma is a terrific home for a growing company whose management desires a broader set of partners to collaborate with, readily available capital, and support to help drive their people, products and technologies to reach their fullest potential.”

Headquartered in the United Kingdom, Halma is a holding company of approximately 35 worldwide subsidiaries that develop and manufacture products to improve quality of life for people worldwide. The company’s business groups focus on industrial safety, health and analysis and infrastructure sensors.

To present potential acquisitions opportunities, please contact Adam Meyers, Divisional Chief Executive, (adam.meyers@halma.com), Tel: +1 973 263 9962.

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