Forty Years Ago

Edition: February 2003 - Vol 11 Number 02
Article#: 1460
Author: Repertoire

ASTA Joins NAW

The American Surgical Trade Association [now HIDA] became a member of the National Association of Wholesalers, Washington, D.C., in order to have closer contact with the legislative scene in Washington.



National Distributor Planned

Directors of Houston Fearless Corp. approved a plan to form a new medical equipment supply company from the concern’s Western Surgical and Westlab Scientific divisions. The new company would be named National Surgical Supply, and would sell surgical, laboratory and other hospital equipment nationally.



Ferndale Surgical Enters Scientific Equipment Field

Ferndale Surgical Inc., Ferndale, Mich., manufacturers and distributors of drugs and medical supplies, entered the allied field of manufacturing and distributing scientific equipment and supplies.



Ritter Quarter-Century Club Holds Annual Banquet

The Ritter Company Quarter Century Club, comprised of employees who have completed a total of 25 years with the company, held its annual banquet in the main ballroom of the Sheraton Hotel, Rochester, N.Y. Including 28 new members, the club membership totaled 217.



Dr. Stryker Honored

Dr. Homer H. Stryker, inventor of the CircOlectric bed and founder of the Orthopedic Frame Co., was presented with a testimonial scroll for outstanding service as a physician, soldier and inventor by the Tennessee State Department of the American Legion. The Legion also presented World War I hero Alvin C. York with a CircOlectric bed.



BD Revises Top Management Structure

Becton, Dickinson and Co. President F.S. Dickinson Jr. announced a realignment of the company’s top management structure. Henry P. Becton was elected chairman of the executive committee, and John W. Simmons was elected executive vice president and chief of operations.



Hot New Products

· Multiple-puncture tuberculin testing kit (Panray Corp., Englewood, N.J.).

· Sterile abdominal pad in 9-by-5-in. size (Bauer & Black Division of Kendall Co., Chicago).

· Plastic enema administration unit (Pharmaseal, Glendale, Calif.).

· Portable oxygen unit (Metrox, Wilmington, Del.).

· Antiseptic applicators in dispenser pack (Tail-by-Nason, New York, N.Y.).

· Surgiset® emergency suture assortment (Ethicon).



Source: February 1961 ASTA Journal. ASTA was the American Surgical Trade Association. Its name was later changed to HIDA.