SEATTLE, Sept. 9 -- connectBlue's
Serial Port Adapter, supplied by Code
Blue Communications, Inc., has been integrated as a key wireless
component of the first Bluetooth medical application to be granted
market approval by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
An OEM version of the Serial Port Adapter enables wireless communication
between operating room equipment and a central control system
developed by Stryker
Endoscopy -- a leading supplier of medical equipment for operating
room applications worldwide.
"This decision marks a major milestone for the Bluetooth
industry and clearly reinforces our long held conviction that
the technology has a solid future beyond the consumer segment,"
said Rolf Nilsson, President at connectBlue.
"The opportunity to have wire-free equipment in a medical/surgical
environment has its obvious advantages. For instance, an ECG may
be sent via Bluetooth directly to a printer or internal camera
images could be transmitted to a screen in the operating theater."
Code Blue Communications, connectBlue's product distributor for
the North American medical industry, worked closely with Stryker
Endoscopy to integrate the connectBlue solution into the control
system. The company also acted in a consulting capacity throughout
the system's regulatory approval process.
Bill Saltzstein, founder and President of Code Blue Communications
said, "As the regulatory body responsible for public health,
the FDA's primary concerns are safety and efficacy. To acquire
FDA approval, a company must demonstrate that the system doesn't
interfere with other radio technologies or medical equipment present
in the environment. The operating room is a particularly challenging
environment with its sensitive devices and additional sources
of RF emission.
"Securing marketing approval for the first Bluetooth medical
application was a significant hurdle, and is based on excellent
work by Stryker which establishes the precedent for many additional
exciting applications in the future."
connectBlue, based in Sweden, is a leading provider
of professional Bluetooth solutions in industrial, medical, automotive,
logistics and instrumentation segments. connectBlue provides standard
products and customer specific hardware and software solutions.
About Code Blue Communications Inc.
Code Blue Communications Inc., based in Seattle,
Washington designs, develops and markets Bluetooth interface devices
and integrated solutions for vertical markets, specializing in
the medical industry.
About Stryker Endoscopy
Stryker Endoscopy, a division of Stryker Corporation,
is a global technology leader in the medical device industry.
We develop, manufacture and market state-of-the-art medical video
products, powered equipment and related instrumentation for minimally
invasive surgery. Stryker Endoscopy was founded in 1989 on the
commitment to advance state-of-the-art medical video technology.