Forty Years Ago

Edition: April 2003 - Vol 11 Number 04
Article#: 1522
Author: Repertoire

MSTA Holds Three Sales Training Meetings

The Manufacturers Surgical Trade Association sponsored three sales training meetings for dealers in February. The three meetings, along with two in December and two in January, constituted the latest series in a program started by MSTA in 1956. Participating manufacturers were: Austenal Co., American Cystoscope Makers Inc., Clay-Adams, United Surgical Supplies Co., Kidde Mfg. Co. and Davol Rubber (at the Boston meeting); Pelton & Crane Co., C.R. Bard, Lumex, W.A. Baum Co., Hamilton Mfg. Co. and National electric Instrument Div. (Washington); and Burdick Corp., Clay-Adams, Johnson & Johnson, Taylor Instrument Cos., Chicago Surgical & Electrical Co. and Becton Dickinson (Kansas City).

Fillauer Opens New Tennessee Branch

Chattanooga, Tenn.-based Fillauer Surgical Supplies opened a new surgical and orthopedic store in Johnson City, Tenn. The opening of the 6,000-square-foot store (with carpeted warehouse) was celebrated with a buffet supper for approximately 1,500 doctors and their wives, nurses, technicians and their assistants, as well as administrators, department heads, assistants and nurses from a 150-mile radius.

Western Surgical Moves San Francisco Branch

Western Surgical Supply Co., Los Angeles, announced its intention to move its San Francisco branch operation to a new industrial park in South San Francisco. President Dean Schneider said the 25,000-square-foot facility would house a sales, warehousing and distribution operation to serve customers from Porterville north to the Oregon border. The company serves doctors, hospitals, convalescent homes, laboratories and clinics throughout Northern California.

Remote-Controlled Catheter for Heart Study

A remote-controlled catheter that can be directed through the pulmonary artery into the human heart’s cavities and passageways has been developed by General Motors Research Laboratories. The tip is directed or “steered” by means of a fine wire stylette, which transmits tension down the center of a coil spring that extends the four-foot length of the catheter to a point about an inch and a half from the tip. Tension is provided by the doctor’s thumb pressure on a plunger-like device.

Hot New Products

• The Omni-Clave sterilizer combines steam and dry sterilization in a single-chamber autoclave. (Pelton & Crane Co.)

• The Micr-O-Heart from Beck-Lee Co., Chicago, plugs directly into Beck-Lee ECGs for demonstrating and servicing them.

• An improved hematocrit centrifuge with insulation around moving parts yields quieter operation. (International Equipment Co., Boston).

• Ethicon introduces a new sterile suture packaging system, called Sterile Pack-Dry, which delivers suture packets dry in a foil-plastic overwrap. In the past, suture packets were delivered to the hospital only in jars filled with sterilizing solution.

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