Cardiology, surgery  

Gish cardiopulmonary bypass equipment used in pioneering transfusion-free surgery

7 February 2005

WILMINGTON, Mass, USA. CardioTech International, Inc. (AMEX:CTE) announced that the Vision Cardiopulmonary Bypass (CPB) equipment is being used at Fountain Valley Regional Hospital and Medical Center in Orange County, which has one of the nation's oldest transfusion-free surgery programs.

The Vision CBP Equipment is manufactured and sold by Gish Biomedical, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of CardioTech. The Vision CBP includes oxygenators, reservoirs, filters and Cardioplegia units, which are now considered mainstream components in transfusion-free surgeries specifically targeted to Jehovah's Witnesses who adhere to a biblical admonition against receiving blood.

The Los Angeles Times January 31, 2005 Health section featured an article focusing on the growing trend towards transfusion-free cardiothoracic surgery, not just for Jehovah's Witnesses, but for elective surgeries as well. Pope John Paul II was ill for two months with symptoms similar to mononucleosis or hepatitis, contracted from transfusions he received after a 1981 assassination attempt.

Douglas Whittaker, President of Gish Biomedical commented, "We are gratified to have seen our equipment in use in one the L.A. Times color photographs. Gish's cardiopulmonary products address a $500,000,000 annual market worldwide. We are pleased to provide information concerning this matter as a public service.

You can learn more about transfusion-free medicine at the following websites: Jehovah's Witnesses health website:; Gish Biomedical website:; and the Society for the Advancement of Blood Management:

Source: CardioTech International, Inc.

CONTACT: Investor contact: Dave Gentry of Aurelius Consulting Group, +1-407-644-4256,



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