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Aspirators, Surgical
collection canister, and an optional bacterial filter.
Scope of this Product Comparison Plastic tubing connects these components, completing
an open-ended system that continuously draws tissue
This Product Comparison covers line-powered and fluid from the surgical field to the collection can-
surgical aspirators capable of creating a vacuum ister. The gauge allows the user to set a safe limit for
pressure of at least 500 mm Hg. For information
on other types of aspirators, see the Product Com-
parisons titled:
• Aspirators, Emergency
• Aspirators, Thoracic
• Aspirators, Uterine

UMDNS information
This Product Comparison covers the following
device term and product code as listed in ECRI’s
Universal Medical Device Nomenclature System™
(UMDNS™):
• Aspirators, Surgical [10-217]

Purpose
Most surgical procedures require suctioning to re-
move blood and irrigating fluids that accumulate in the
operative field and obstruct the surgeon’s view. Hospi-
tals generally use a central high-flow-rate vacuum
pump that provides vacuum through pipelines to
standard wall inlets throughout the hospital. How-
ever, portable or mobile vacuum systems can be used
if there is no central vacuum system or if suctioning is
required in areas that do not have vacuum inlets.

Principles of operation
The basic surgical aspirator consists of a line-pow-
ered vacuum pump, a vacuum regulator and gauge, a Mobile surgical aspirator

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suctioning, to assess the performance of the vacuum


pump, and to detect leaks or blockages. Units are
either portable or mounted on a stand or cart for
mobility.

Vacuum pumps
A single- or double-vacuum pump creates suction
within the system. Double-pump systems operate in
synchrony, with both pumps contributing to the suc-
tioning capacity. The three types of pumps used in
surgical aspirators are rotary vane, diaphragm, and
cylinder piston.
In a rotary-vane pump, a rotor is mounted off-center
in relation to the inside diameter of the pump housing Figure 1. Rotary-vane pump
(see Fig. 1). As the rotor turns, sliding vanes that fit
into notches in the rotor follow the contour of the
housing. Air that is trapped between a set of vanes is
compressed and expelled through the pressure outlet.
As rotation continues, the space between the vanes
expands, and the pressure of the air trapped between
the vanes drops, creating suction. Because of the fric-
tion between the vanes and the chamber wall and the
need to achieve airtight contact, several rotary-vane
models use graphite vanes. Some units require oil for
lubrication and sealing and have reservoirs that need
refilling after a specified number of hours of operation.

In a diaphragm pump, a mechanical drive flexes a


rubber diaphragm back and forth in a chamber, alter-
nately increasing and decreasing the chamber volume
(see Fig. 2). As the chamber volume decreases, air is Figure 2. Diaphragm pump
compressed and directed out through the one-way ex-
haust valve; as it increases, a vacuum draws air into
the one-way intake valve. Diaphragm pumps do not liners for reusable canisters. To save time and prevent
need a constant supply of oil, and only the motor cross-contamination among patients and hospital per-
requires lubrication. Some diaphragm pumps require sonnel, ports of filled disposable canisters are capped,
no lubrication. and the canister and contents are discarded together.
Surgical aspirators that use pistons to create suc-
When large volumes of tissue and fluid are removed,
tion operate similarly to diaphragm pumps; however,
aspirate can collect within the canister quickly. As a
the pistons slide in a reciprocating motion within the
result, most surgical aspirators use two collection can-
pump cylinder to alternately increase and decrease
isters connected in series. The second canister, called
chamber volume and pressure. One-way valves re-
a “trap,” collects the overflow from the first canister,
spond similarly to the pressure differences to draw air
which postpones the need to discard a canister and
from the patient end of the tubing.
gives the operator more time to notice the rising level
Collection canisters of aspirate.

Aspirate passes through the tubing and into the Most surgical aspirators have an overflow-protec-
collection canister. The typical collection canister is tion assembly in the cap of the second canister that
plastic with a removable plastic lid that includes a prevents large amounts of fluid from overflowing into
vacuum port with a filter, a patient port to which a the pump and valves. Some units feature a third can-
suction tube is connected, and a shutoff valve to auto- ister to collect overflow. Most surgical aspirators use a
matically close the vacuum port. Manufacturers sup- float mechanism as overflow protection. As aspirate
ply reusable or disposable canisters and plastic bag collects in the second canister, a ball or cork floats to

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500 mm Hg and free airflow capabilities of 25 to 40


liters per minute. (Free airflow has been defined as the
maximum flow of air into the aspirator with no restric-
tion at the intake.) The aspirator should have safety
features such as overflow protection. Emptying and
exchanging reusable canisters should be uncompli-
cated and without significant risk of instrument or
operator contamination. Discarding disposable canis-
ters and their contents should be easy, with minimal
risk of spills or contamination.

The cost of disposables should be weighed against


the cost, time, and infection risks associated with the
disposal of infectious waste and disinfection of reus-
ables. Most units with disposable containers can accept
alternate manufacturers’ containers. These standard
containers may be more convenient to order and offer
the user a choice of suppliers. However, installed filters
supplied with the canisters will differ; some may se-
Portable surgical aspirator
verely limit airflow rates.

the top, covering the opening leading to the suction


source and cutting off suction, thereby alerting the Cost containment
user to the full collection canister. This overflow
mechanism cannot be totally relied upon to prevent Because surgical aspirators entail ongoing opera-
pump contamination; often, some fluid passes through tional costs, the initial acquisition price does not accu-
the tubing to the pump before the float blocks the rately reflect the total cost of ownership. Therefore, a
opening. As a result, most aspirators also include a purchase decision should be based on issues such as
disposable in-line hydrophobic filter between the trap life-cycle cost (LCC), discount rates and non-price-re-
canister and the pump. This filter prevents fluid or lated benefits offered by the supplier, and stand-
aerosol contaminants from flowing back into the vac- ardization with existing equipment in the department
uum pump; it can be reused several times, provided or hospital (i.e., purchasing all aspirators and/or col-
that no overflow has occurred. Although most units lection canisters from one supplier).
have these overflow-protection features, the user
should check the collection canisters frequently and
An LCC analysis can be used to compare high-cost
not allow them to fill above the caution line.
alternatives and/or to determine the positive or nega-
tive economic value of a single alternative. Because it
examines the cash-flow impact of initial acquisition
Reported problems
costs and operating costs over a period of time, LCC
Factors affecting pump operation can reduce aspi- analysis is most useful for comparing alternatives with
ration capability. Aspirate that overflows beyond the different cash flows and for revealing the total costs of
second canister and filter can enter the pump and clog equipment ownership. One LCC technique — present
the valves; a clogged pump can jam and be difficult to value (PV) analysis — is especially useful because it
restart. A pump containing aspirated fluid can also be accounts for inflation and for the time value of money
a source of contamination. Failure to maintain proper (i.e., money received today is worth more than money
oil levels or to replace used oil can cause lower-than- received at a later date). Conducting a PV/LCC analy-
expected vacuum levels. sis often demonstrates that the cost of ownership in-
cludes more than just the initial acquisition cost and
that a small increase in initial acquisition cost may
Purchase considerations produce significant savings in long-term operating
The aspirator should be easy and intuitive to turn costs. The PV is calculated using the annual cash
on, adjust, and operate. It should provide an appropri- outflow, the dollar discount factor (the cost of capital),
ate vacuum limit and free airflow capability. Surgical and the lifetime of the equipment (in years) in a mathe-
aspirators typically have vacuum limits of greater than matical equation.

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The following represents a sample seven-year called the Neptune Waste Management System. This
PV/LCC analysis for a surgical aspirator. new system disposes with canisters, making waste
collection easier, safer for healthcare workers, and
Present Value/Life-Cycle Cost Analysis more cost-effective than the previous system (William-
son 1999).
Assumptions
• Operating costs are considered for years 1 through 7. Bibliography
• Dollar discount factor is 6.25%.
Williamson J. Purchasing analyst’s cost cutting cre-
• 730 procedures are performed per year with single- ates new product. Healthcare Purch News 1999
use disposable collection containers and PVC (poly- Jun;23(6):4-5.
vinyl chloride) tubing.
Capital Costs Standards and guidelines
• Aspirator unit = $1,200 Note: Although every effort is made to ensure that the
following list is comprehensive, please note that other
Total Capital Costs = $1,200
applicable standards may exist.
Operating Costs
American National Standards Institute/Association
• Disposable collection containers = $3,000/year for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation.
• Disposable tubing = $2,500/year Safe current limits for electromedical apparatus
[standard]. 3rd ed. ANSI/AAMI ES1-1993. 1985 (re-
Total Operating Costs = $5,500/year vised 1993).

PV = ($36,573) American Society for Testing and Materials. Specifica-


tion for medical and surgical suction and drainage
Other costs not included in the above analysis that systems [standard]. ASTM Committee F29 on An-
should be considered for budgetary planning include esthetic and Respiratory Equipment. F0960-
those associated with the following: 86(2000). 1986 (reapproved 2000).
• Other disposables and accessories, such as bacterial Canadian Standards Association. Vacuum devices
filters and optional accessories used for suction and drainage [standard]. 1st ed.
• Contributions to overhead Z168.11-94(R2001) (reaffirmed 2000).

As illustrated by the above sample PV/LCC analysis, International Electrotechnical Commission. Medical
the initial acquisition cost is only a fraction of the total electrical equipment — part 1: general requirements
cost of operation over seven years. Therefore, rather than for safety [standard]. IEC 60601-1 (1988-12). 1988.
making a purchase decision based solely on the acquisi- Medical electrical equipment — part 1: general re-
tion cost of a surgical aspirator, buyers should consider quirements for safety. Amendment 1 [standard].
operating costs over the lifetime of the equipment. IEC 60601-1-am1 (1991-11). 1991.
Prices for disposable tubing and catheters vary Medical electrical equipment — part 1: general re-
greatly depending on a number of factors, including quirements for safety. Amendment 2 [standard].
type, size, material, manufacturer, and bulk-rate dis- IEC 60601-1-am2 (1995-03). 1995.
counts. Many of these disposables can be used with Medical electrical equipment — part 1: general re-
surgical aspirators from a number of manufacturers; quirements for safety. Section 1. Collateral standard:
therefore, disposables are usually more relevant to an safety requirements for medical electrical systems.
LCC analysis for an aspirator than the device itself. IEC 60601-1-1 (1992-06). 1992.
For customized analyses and purchase decision sup- Medical electrical equipment — part 1: general re-
port, readers should contact ECRI’s SELECT™ Group. quirements for safety. Section 1. Collateral standard:
safety requirements for medical electrical systems.
Stage of development Amendment 1 [standard]. IEC 60601-1-1-am1 (1995-
Surgical aspiration is a mature and well-accepted 11). 1995.
technology, although some new innovations have been Medical electrical equipment — part 1: general re-
made. At the University of California-Irvine Medical quirements for safety. Section 2. Collateral standard:
Center, Merle Knoll, an administrative analyst, was electromagnetic compatibility — requirements and
responsible for a new surgical waste disposal system tests. IEC 60601-1-2 (2001-09). 2001.

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International Organization for Standardization. Medi- Atmos


cal suction equipment. Part 1: electrically powered
Atmos Medizintechnik GmbH & Co [152463]
suction equipment. Safety requirements [standard].
Ludwig-Kegel-Strasse 16
BS EN ISO 10079-1:1999. 1991 (revised 1999).
Postfach 1160
Standards Australia. Medical suction equipment. D-79853 Lenzkirch
Electrically-powered suction equipment: safety re- Germany
quirements [standard]. AS 2120.1-1992. 1992. Phone: 49 (7653) 6890
Fax: 49 (7653) 68995
E-mail: atmos@atmosmed.de
Citations from other ECRI publications Internet: http://www.atmosmed.de

Health Devices Inspection and Preventive Maintenance Clements Medical


System
Clements Medical Equipment Pty Ltd [305625]
Aspirators. Procedure no. 433. 43 Mary Parade
PO Box 137
Rydalmere, NSW 2116
Supplier information Australia
Phone: 61 (2) 96383285
Fax: 61 (2) 96383295
Acoma E-mail: info@clemequip.com.au
Internet: http://www.clemequip.com.au
Acoma Medical Industry Co Ltd [152410]
2-14-14 Hongo
Bunkyo-ku Eschmann Equipment
Tokyo 113 Eschmann Brothers & Walsh Ltd
Japan Eschmann Equipment [157749]
Phone: 81 (3) 38166911 Peter Road
Fax: 81 (3) 38143845 Lancing, West Sussex BN15 8TJ
E-mail: export@acoma-medical.co.jp England
Phone: 44 (1903) 753322
Fax: 44 (1903) 766793
Anand
E-mail: customer_support@eschmann.co.uk
Anand Medicaids Pvt Ltd [287761] Internet: http://www.eschmann.co.uk
16 Rd No 33
Punjabi Bagh (Extension) Gabler
New Delhi 110 026
India Gabler Medical (UK) Ltd [192820]
Phone: 91 (11) 5160025 Unit 1 Rushmere Close
Fax: 91 (11) 5451062 West Mersea, Essex CO5 8QQ
E-mail: info@anandind.com England
Internet: http://www.anandind.com Phone: 44 (1206) 381880
Fax: 44 (1206) 381770
E-mail: gablermed@aol.com
Atlas
Impact/Sorenson
Atlas Surgical Co [177269]
4/109 Pardhan Marg Impact Instrumentation Inc [101885]
Nirankari Colony 27 Fairfield Pl
New Delhi 110 009 PO Box 508
India West Caldwell NJ 07006-0508
Phone: 91 (11) 7215458 Phone: (973) 882-1212, (800) 969-0750
Fax: 91 (11) 7141952 Fax: (973) 882-4993
E-mail: atlas@sahaj.com E-mail: info@impactinstrumentation.com
Internet: http://www.sahaj.com Internet: http://www.impactinstrumentation.com

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Medela Ogarit
Ogarit PPHU Export-Import [185459]
Medela AG Dabrowa Lesna
Medizintechnik [156407] ulica Ludowa 14
Laettichstrasse 4 PL-05-092 Lomianki k/Warszawy
CH-6341 Baar-Schweiz Poland
Switzerland Phone: 48 (22) 7513629
Phone: 41 (41) 7695151 Fax: 48 (22) 7513976
Fax: 41 (41) 7695100 E-mail: ogarit@pol.pl
E-mail: info@medela.ch Internet: http://www.ogarit.pol.pl
Internet: http://www.medela.ch

Ordisi
Medela Inc [103640]
1101 Corporate Dr Ordisi SA [163027]
PO Box 660 Progreso 3Y5
McHenry IL 60051-0660 L’hopitalet de Llobregat
Phone: (815) 363-1166, (800) 435-8316 E-08903 Barcelona
Fax: (815) 363-1246 Spain
E-mail: customer.service@medela.com Phone: 34 (93) 3340112
Internet: http://www.medela.com E-mail: comercial@ordisi.com
Internet: http://www.vanguarnet.net/ordisi

Otopront
MGE Worldwide
Happersberger-Otopront GmbH [283042]
MG Electric (Colchester) Ltd [151092] Langgasse 90 Postfach
Wyncolls Road D-65329 Hohenstein
Colchester, Essex CO4 4HT Germany
England Phone: 49 (6120) 92170
Phone: 44 (1206) 842244 Fax: 49 (6120) 921760
Fax: 44 (1206) 845849 E-mail: info@otopront.de
E-mail: sales@mgelectric.co.uk Internet: http://www.otopront.de
Internet: http://www.mgeworldwide.com
Oxylitre
Oxylitre Ltd [187944]
Morton House
Nouvag
Skerton Road Old Trafford
Manchester M16 0WJ
Electronic Services Nouvag USA [226127] England
43764 Lake Hughes Rd Phone: 44 (161) 8726322
Lake Hughes CA 93532
Fax: 44 (161) 8487914
Phone: (661) 724-0217, (800) 673-7427 E-mail: sales@oxylitre.co.uk
Fax: (661) 724-1590 Internet: http://www.oxylitre.co.uk
E-mail: paul@nouvagusa.com
Internet: http://www.nouvagusa.com
Penlon
Nouvag AG [170072] Penlon Ltd [139281]
St Gallerstrasse 23-25 Radley Road
CH-9403 Goldach Abingdon, Oxfordshire OX14 3PH
Switzerland England
Phone: 41 (71) 8466600 Phone: 44 (1235) 547001
Fax: 41 (71) 8453536 Fax: 44 (1235) 547021
E-mail: info@nouvag.ch E-mail: export@penlon.co.uk
Internet: http://www.nouvag.ch Internet: http://www.penlon.com

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Phipps & Bird Abbreviations:


Phipps & Bird [101986] CE — Communaute Europeene
PO Box 7475
Richmond VA 23221 CE mark — Conformite Europeene mark
Phone: (804) 254-2737, (800) 955-7621
dB(A) — Frequency-weighted (A scale) measure-
Fax: (804) 254-2955
ment of sound intensity in decibels (The A scale
E-mail: mail@phippsbird.com
is designed to approximate the frequencies that
Internet: http://www.phippsbird.com
best correlate with human hearing.)
Samed EN — European Norm
Samed Elettromedicali srl [187040] FDA — U.S. Food and Drug Administration
strada Provinciale 181 N 1/B
I-26833 Merlino LO HEPA — High-efficiency particulate-air
Italy
ID — Inside diameter
Phone: 39 (0290) 658787
Fax: 39 (0290) 658795 IEC — International Electrotechnical Commission
E-mail: asomaru@tin.il
Internet: http://www.samedelettromedicali.com ISO — International Organization for Standardiza-
tion
Siare kPa — Kilopascals
Siare Hospital Supplies srl [152520]
MDD — Medical Devices Directive
via Giulio Pastore 18
I-40056 Crespellano BO psi — Pounds per square inch
Italy
Phone: 39 (051) 969802 PVC — Polyvinyl chloride
Fax: 39 (051) 969366 UL — Underwriters Laboratories
E-mail: mail@siare.it
Internet: http://www.siare.it Note: The data in the charts derive from suppli-
ers’ specifications and have not been verified through
Squire-Cogswell independent testing by ECRI or any other agency.
Because test methods vary, different products’ specifi-
Squire-Cogswell/Aeros Instruments Inc [392253]
cations are not always comparable. Moreover, products
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and specifications are subject to frequent changes.
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ECRI is not responsible for the quality or validity of
Phone: (847) 855-0500, (800) 448-0770
the information presented or for any adverse conse-
Fax: (847) 855-6300
quences of acting on such information.
E-mail: info@healthcair.com
Internet: http://www.healthcair.com When reading the charts, keep in mind that, unless
otherwise noted, the list price does not reflect supplier
Wells Johnson discounts. And although we try to indicate which
Wells Johnson Co [101872] features and characteristics are standard and which
8000 S Kolb Rd are not, some may be optional, at additional cost.
Tucson AZ 85706-9104 For those models whose prices were supplied to us
Phone: (520) 298-6069, (800) 528-1597 in currencies other than U.S. dollars, we have also
Fax: (520) 885-1189 listed the conversion to U.S. dollars to facilitate com-
E-mail: sales@wellsgrp.com parison among models. However, keep in mind that
Internet: http://www.wellsgrp.com exchange rates change often.
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MODEL ACOMA ACOMA ACOMA ANAND

SB-5 SB-6II SB-10 Anand

WHERE MARKETED Not specified Not specified Not specified Asia, Europe, Middle
East
FDA CLEARANCE No No No Not specified
CE MARK (MDD) No No No CE 0434
CONFIGURATION Optional portable Mobile Mobile Mobile, stand mount-
ed
PUMP TYPE Rotary vane Rotary vane Rotary vane Diaphragm

Number of pumps 1 1 1 1
VACUUM LIMIT, mm Hg 500 700 700 500
Free airflow,
L/min 1.5 3 3 22.5
Gauge units mm Hg mm Hg mm Hg Not specified
Gauge diam, cm (in) 5.5 (2.2) 5.5 (2.2) 5.5 (2.2) 6.4 (2.5)
VACUUM CONTROL
METHOD Regulating valve Regulating valve Regulating valve Regulating valve

SOUND LEVEL, dB(A) 40 dB @ 1 m 45 dB @ 1 m 45 dB @ 1 m 50 dB


COLLECTION CANISTERS Reusable Reusable Reusable Reusable
Material Glass Glass Glass Polycarbonate

Number 1 1 2 1; 2 optional
Capacity limit
line, cc 1,500 3,000 3,000 1,000
Graduations, cc 100 100 100 Not specified
Connector labels Not specified Not specified Not specified Not specified
Overflow protection Yes Yes Yes Yes

COMPATIBLE TUBING
Material PVC PVC PVC Silicone, PVC
Diameter, mm (in) 4 (0.16) 4 (0.16) 4 (0.16) 10 (0.4)
Length, m (ft) Not specified Not specified Not specified 2 (6.6)
FILTER TYPE Not specified Oil mist Oil mist Bacterial

STANDARD ACCESSORIES Not specified Not specified Not specified 1 canister

SWITCH TYPE Not specified Not specified Not specified Indicator com switch
POWER REQUIREMENTS
VAC 100/240 100/240 100/240 230, 50 Hz

W or VA 170 VA 250 VA 550 VA 70 W


H x W x D, cm (in) 30 x 39 x 37 89 x 44.5 x 34 85 x 44 x 38 Not specified
(11.8 x 15.4 x 14.6) (35 x 17.5 x 13.4) (33.5 x 17.3 x 15)
WEIGHT, kg (lb) 12 (26) 27 (60) 38 (84) 9 (20)
LIST PRICE, unit Not specified Not specified Not specified $140

Canisters Not specified Not specified Not specified $15


WARRANTY 1 year 1 year 1 year 1 year
OTHER SPECIFICATIONS None specified. None specified. None specified. Meets requirements
of ISO 9001:2000.

Colons separate data on similar models of a device.

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MODEL ANAND ATLAS ATMOS CLEMENTS MEDICAL
FAILED TO RESPOND *
EuroVAC E7 Record 55 Compact
High Suction Pumps
WHERE MARKETED Asia, Europe, Middle Worldwide Worldwide Worldwide, except
East USA
FDA CLEARANCE No No Submitted No
CE MARK (MDD) No Submitted Yes No
CONFIGURATION Mobile, stand Mobile on wheels Mobile Portable
mounted
PUMP TYPE Diaphragm Cylindrical piston 2-cylinder diaphragm Oil-filled rotary
vane
Number of pumps 1 1 1 1
VACUUM LIMIT, mm Hg 600 700 ±10 741 720
Free airflow,
L/min 25 40 28 32
Gauge units Not specified mm Hg mm Hg/in H 2O/other mm Hg, kPa
Gauge diam, cm (in) 6.4 (2.5) 10 (4) Not specified 6 (2.5)
VACUUM CONTROL
METHOD Regulating valve Regulating valve Regulating valve Needle valve

SOUND LEVEL, dB(A) 50 dB 50 dB ±3 46 Not specified


COLLECTION CANISTERS Reusable Reusable Reusable/disposable Reusable
Material Polycarbonate Polycarbonate Glass/plastic Shatterproof plastic

Number 1; 2 optional 2 2 1
Capacity limit
line, cc 2,000 2,000 1,500/3,000/5,000 2,000
Graduations, cc Not specified 100 100 100
Connector labels Not specified Yes Yes Yes
Overflow protection Yes Yes Yes Yes

COMPATIBLE TUBING
Material Silicone, PVC Plastic/silicone Silicone Silicone, PVC
Diameter, mm (in) 8 (0.3) 0.8, 1 (0.31, 0.39) Not specified 8 (0.3)
Length, m (ft) 2 (6.6) 2 (6.6) 2 (6.6) 2 (6.6)
FILTER TYPE Bacterial Bacterial Bacterial/hydro- Bacterial
phobic
STANDARD ACCESSORIES 1 canister Canisters, tubing Canisters, foot- 1 canister, tubing,
if required switch, tubing filter, disposable
handpiece
SWITCH TYPE Not specified Footswitch Footswitch Not specified
POWER REQUIREMENTS
VAC 230, 50 Hz 230 , 50 Hz, 3.5 A 100/115/230/127 240, 50 Hz

W or VA 70 W Not specified 100 W 385 W


H x W x D, cm (in) Not specified 50 x 38 x 70 94 x 50 x 39 40 x 23 x 46
(19.7 x 15 x 27.6) (37 x 19.7 x 15.4) (15.7 x 9.1 x 18.1)
WEIGHT, kg (lb) 9 (20) 40 (88.2) 36 (79) 14 (31)
LIST PRICE, unit $170 $220 E2,500 (US$2,463) Not specified

Canisters Not specified Not specified Not specified Not specified


WARRANTY 1 year 1 year 3 years 1 year
OTHER SPECIFICATIONS Company is ISO 9002 Meets requirements Safety listings, Optional obstetric
certified. of ISO 9000. certifications. cups, footswitch,
Meets requirements handpieces,
of TUV. cannulae, adapters
for disposable
canisters. **

Colons separate data on similar models of a device.


* Specifications current as of April 2000.
** Manufactured to IEC 60601 requirements.

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MODEL CLEMENTS MEDICAL CLEMENTS MEDICAL CLEMENTS MEDICAL ESCHMANN EQUIPMENT
FAILED TO RESPOND * FAILED TO RESPOND * FAILED TO RESPOND *
HandiVac Hi Vac : Hi Flo Twin Theatre VP25
High Suction Pump High Suction Pumps High Suction Pump
WHERE MARKETED Worldwide, except Worldwide, except Worldwide, except Worldwide
USA USA USA
FDA CLEARANCE No No No No
CE MARK (MDD) No No No Yes
CONFIGURATION Portable Mobile Mobile Portable

PUMP TYPE Diaphragm Twin piston Oil-filled rotary Diaphragm


vane
Number of pumps 1 1 2 1
VACUUM LIMIT, mm Hg 600 735 : 699 720 600 (80 kPa)
Free airflow,
L/min 25 38 : 76 30, each pump 25
Gauge units mm Hg, kPa mm Hg, kPa mm Hg, kPa mm Hg, kPa
Gauge diam, cm (in) 6 (2.5) 6 (2.5) 6 (2.5), 2 gauges 5 (2)
VACUUM CONTROL
METHOD Needle valve Needle valve Ball and spring Regulating valve

SOUND LEVEL, dB(A) Not specified Not specified Not specified Not specified
COLLECTION CANISTERS Reusable Reusable Reusable Reusable with liner
Material Shatterproof plastic Shatterproof plastic Shatterproof plastic Disposable liner

Number 1 2 4 1
Capacity limit
line, cc 1,000 2,000 2,000 2,000
Graduations, cc 100 100 100 200
Connector labels Yes Yes Yes Yes
Overflow protection Yes Yes Yes Yes

COMPATIBLE TUBING
Material Silicone, PVC Silicone, PVC Silicone, PVC Plastic
Diameter, mm (in) 8 (0.3) 8 (0.3) 8 (0.3) 6.35 (0.25)
Length, m (ft) 2 (6.6) 2 (6.6) 2.4 (7.9) Not specified
FILTER TYPE Bacterial Bacterial Bacterial Sealed disposable
hydrophobic/bacteria
STANDARD ACCESSORIES 1 canister, tubing, 2 canisters, tubing 4 canisters, tubing Canister
filter, disposable
handpiece
SWITCH TYPE Illuminated Illuminated Illuminated Illuminated
POWER REQUIREMENTS
VAC 240, 50 Hz ** 220/240, 50 Hz; 220, 60 Hz; 115/230
230, 60 Hz 240, 50 Hz
W or VA Not specified 360 W 385 W Not specified
H x W x D, cm (in) 27.5 x 18 x 44 82 x 46 x 30 95 x 53 x 53 32.5 x 32 x 34
(10.8 x 7.1 x 17.3) (32.3 x 18.1 x 11.8) (37.4 x 20.9 x 20.9) (12.8 x 12.6 x 13.4)
WEIGHT, kg (lb) 5.5 (12) 20 (45) 45 (100) 10.9 (24)
LIST PRICE, unit Not specified Not specified Not specified Not specified

Canisters Not specified Not specified Not specified Not specified


WARRANTY 1 year 2 years 1 year 1 year
OTHER SPECIFICATIONS Optional obstetric Optional obstetric Optional obstetric None specified.
cups, footswitch, cups, footswitch, cups, footswitch,
handpieces, handpieces, handpieces,
cannulae, adapters cannulae, adapters cannulae, adapters
for disposable for disposable for disposable
canisters. *** canisters. *** canisters. ***

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* Specifications current as of April 2000.
** Optional 12 VDC model with 240 VAC, 50 Hz battery charger.
*** Manufactured to IEC 60601 requirements.

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MODEL ESCHMANN EQUIPMENT ESCHMANN EQUIPMENT GABLER GABLER
FAILED TO RESPOND * FAILED TO RESPOND *
VP35 VP45 FSE450-110011 FSE450-110013

WHERE MARKETED Worldwide Worldwide Not specified Not specified

FDA CLEARANCE No No Not specified Not specified


CE MARK (MDD) Yes Yes Not specified Not specified
CONFIGURATION Mobile Mobile Portable Portable

PUMP TYPE Rotary vane Rotary vane Not specified Not specified

Number of pumps 1 1 Not specified Not specified


VACUUM LIMIT, mm Hg 600 (80 kPa) 700 (93 kPa) 602 602
Free airflow,
L/min 35 40 18 26
Gauge units mm Hg, kPa mm Hg, kPa mm Hg, kPa mm Hg, kPa
Gauge diam, cm (in) 5 (2) 5 (2) Not specified Not specified
VACUUM CONTROL
METHOD Regulating valve Regulating valve Regulator Regulator

SOUND LEVEL, dB(A) Not specified Not specified Not specified Not specified
COLLECTION CANISTERS Reusable with liner Reusable with liner Reusable/disp liners Reusable/disp liners
Material Disposable liner Disposable liner Not specified, opt Not specified, opt
disposable liners disposable liners
Number 2 1, 2, or 4 Not specified Not specified
Capacity limit
line, cc 2,000 2,000 1,500 1,500
Graduations, cc 200 200 100 100
Connector labels Yes Yes Not specified Not specified
Overflow protection Yes Yes Yes Yes

COMPATIBLE TUBING
Material Plastic Plastic Not specified Not specified
Diameter, mm (in) 6.35 (0.25) 6.35 (0.25) Not specified Not specified
Length, m (ft) Not specified Not specified Not specified Not specified
FILTER TYPE Sealed disposable Sealed disposable Not specified Not specified
hydrophobic/bacteria hydrophobic/bacteria
STANDARD ACCESSORIES Canister Canister Not specified Not specified

SWITCH TYPE Illuminated Illuminated Illuminated Illuminated


POWER REQUIREMENTS
VAC 115/230 115/230 220/240, 50 Hz; 220/240, 50 Hz;
12 VDC battery 12 VDC battery
W or VA Not specified Not specified Not specified Not specified
H x W x D, cm (in) 67 x 44 x 44 46 x 53 x 48 44 x 22 x 29 44 x 22 x 29
(26.4 x 17.3 x 17.3) (18.2 x 20.9 x 18.9) (17.3 x 8.7 x 11.4) (17.3 x 8.7 x 11.4)
WEIGHT, kg (lb) 12.4 (27) 19 (42.9) 8.2 (18.1) 7.3 (16.1)
LIST PRICE, unit Not specified Not specified Not specified Not specified

Canisters Not specified Not specified Not specified Not specified


WARRANTY 1 year 1 year Not specified Not specified
OTHER SPECIFICATIONS None specified. None specified. None specified. None specified.

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MODEL GABLER GABLER IMPACT/SORENSON IMPACT/SORENSON
FAILED TO RESPOND * FAILED TO RESPOND *
FSE500 : FSE550 FSE700 1120 Series 2110 Series

WHERE MARKETED Not specified Not specified Worldwide Worldwide

FDA CLEARANCE Not specified Not specified Yes Yes


CE MARK (MDD) Not specified Not specified No No
CONFIGURATION Portable Portable Portable Mobile, stand
mounted
PUMP TYPE Piston Diaphragm Diaphragm Diaphragm

Number of pumps Not specified Not specified 1 1


VACUUM LIMIT, mm Hg 630 630 550 550
Free airflow,
L/min 26 45 33 (23 with filter) 33 (11 with filter)
Gauge units mm Hg, kPa mm Hg, kPa mm Hg mm Hg
Gauge diam, cm (in) Not specified Not specified 5 (2) 5 (2)
VACUUM CONTROL
METHOD Regulator Regulator Regulating valve Regulating valve

SOUND LEVEL, dB(A) Not specified Not specified 66 @ 5 ft 62 @ 5 ft


COLLECTION CANISTERS Reusable/disp liners Reusable/disp liners Reusable Reusable
Material Not specified, opt Not specified, opt Glass Glass
disposable liners disposable liners
Number 1:2 2 1 1
Capacity limit
line, cc 1,500 1,500 950 or 1,900 950, 1,900, or 3,800
Graduations, cc 100 100 50 or 100 50, 100, 50
Connector labels Not specified Not specified Yes Yes
Overflow protection Yes Yes Yes Yes

COMPATIBLE TUBING
Material Not specified Not specified PVC PVC
Diameter, mm (in) Not specified Not specified 6 (0.25) 6 (0.25)
Length, m (ft) Not specified Not specified 2 (6) 2 (6)
FILTER TYPE Bacterial Bacterial, optional Hydrophobic, Hydrophobic,
hydrophobic bacterial bacterial
STANDARD ACCESSORIES Not specified Not specified Canister, filter, Canister, filter,
tubing tubing

SWITCH TYPE Illuminated Optional footswitch Pump mounted Panel mounted


POWER REQUIREMENTS
VAC 220/240, 50 Hz 220/240, 50 Hz; 115/220-240, 115/220-240,
others optional 50/60 Hz 50/60 Hz
W or VA Not specified Not specified 483/418 VA 212/330 VA
H x W x D, cm (in) 44 x 22 x 29 45 x 90 x 36 36 x 22 x 31 41 x 36 x 86
(17.3 x 8.7 x 11.4) (17.7 x 35.4 x 14.2) (14 x 19 x 12) (16 x 14 x 34)
WEIGHT, kg (lb) 7.3 (16.1) 18.5 (41) 9 (19) 10.5 (23)
LIST PRICE, unit Not specified Not specified $825-940 $1,045-1,155

Canisters Not specified Not specified Not specified Not specified


WARRANTY Not specified Not specified 1 year 1 year
OTHER SPECIFICATIONS None specified. None specified. None specified. None specified.

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MODEL IMPACT/SORENSON IMPACT/SORENSON MEDELA MEDELA

2120 Series 2135 Series Basic 036 Series Dominant Series

WHERE MARKETED Worldwide Worldwide Worldwide Worldwide

FDA CLEARANCE Yes Yes Yes Yes


CE MARK (MDD) No No Yes Yes
CONFIGURATION Portable Mobile, stand Mobile or pedestal Mobile
mounted
PUMP TYPE Diaphragm Rotary vane Piston, self- 2-cylinder
lubricating
Number of pumps 1 1 1 1
VACUUM LIMIT, mm Hg 550 550 638 (85 kPa) 675 (90 kPa)
Free airflow,
L/min 33 (23 with filter) 32 (19 with filter) 25 45
Gauge units mm Hg mm Hg Not specified Not specified
Gauge diam, cm (in) 5 (2) 5 (2) Not specified Not specified
VACUUM CONTROL
METHOD Regulating valve Regulating valve Regulator, membrane Regulator, membrane
type type
SOUND LEVEL, dB(A) 66 @ 5 ft 67 @ 5 ft 37 44
COLLECTION CANISTERS Reusable Reusable Reusable/disposable Reusable/disposable
Material Glass Glass Polystyrene, Polystyrene,
disposable bag liner disposable bag liner
Number 1 1 1 autoclavable 1 autoclavable
Capacity limit
line, cc 950 or 1,900 950, 1,900, or 3,800 1,000-5,000 1,000-5,000
Graduations, cc 50 or 100 50, 100, 50 100 100
Connector labels Yes Yes Yes Yes
Overflow protection Yes Yes Yes Yes

COMPATIBLE TUBING
Material PVC PVC Not specified Not specified
Diameter, mm (in) 6 (0.25) 6 (0.25) Not specified Not specified
Length, m (ft) 2 (6) 2 (6) 2 (6.6) 2 (6.6)
FILTER TYPE Hydrophobic, Hydrophobic, Hydrophobic, Hydrophobic,
bacterial bacterial bacterial bacterial
STANDARD ACCESSORIES Canister, filter, Canister, filter, Canister, tubing Canister, tubing,
tubing tubing rail clip holder

SWITCH TYPE Pump mounted Panel mounted Not specified Not specified
POWER REQUIREMENTS
VAC 115/220-240, 115/220-240, 120/240, 50/60 Hz 120/240, 50/60 Hz
50/60 Hz 50/60 Hz
W or VA 483/418 VA 483/528 VA Not specified Not specified
H x W x D, cm (in) 36 x 22 x 31 41 x 36 x 86 22.5 x 24 x 30 22.5 x 32.5 x 30
(14 x 19 x 12) (16 x 14 x 34) (8.9 x 9.4 x 11.8) (8.9 x 12.8 x 11.8)
WEIGHT, kg (lb) 15.9 (35) 15.9 (35) See footnote * 11.5 (25.4)
LIST PRICE, unit $1,210-1,320 $1,430-1,545 Not specified Not specified

Canisters Not specified Not specified Not specified Not specified


WARRANTY 1 year 1 year 5 years 5 years
OTHER SPECIFICATIONS None specified. None specified. UL 544 listed. UL 544 listed.

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* 21 kg (46 lb), mobile model; 10 kg (22 lb), portable model.

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MODEL MEDELA MGE WORLDWIDE MGE WORLDWIDE NOUVAG

Vario 026 Series SAM SAM Surgery Pump 60C,


12 : 14 35 Vacuson No. 4205
WHERE MARKETED Worldwide Worldwide Worldwide Worldwide

FDA CLEARANCE Yes Yes Yes Submitted


CE MARK (MDD) Yes Yes Yes Yes
CONFIGURATION Portable Mobile, portable, or Mobile, portable, or Mobile
stand mounted stand mounted
PUMP TYPE Piston/cylinder, 2-cylinder piston/ 2-cylinder piston/ Piston pump/oil-free
Quatreflex diaphragm diaphragm
Number of pumps 1 1 1 1
VACUUM LIMIT, mm Hg 563 (75 kPa) 635 635 -0.9 bar/686
Free airflow,
L/min 18 25 45 60
Gauge units Not specified mm Hg mm Hg Bar, mm Hg
Gauge diam, cm (in) Not specified Not specified Not specified Not specified
VACUUM CONTROL
METHOD Regulator, membrane Regulating valve Regulating valve Regulating valve *
type
SOUND LEVEL, dB(A) 45 <65 Not specified 55
COLLECTION CANISTERS Reusable/disposable Reusable/disposable Reusable/disposable Not specified
Material Polystyrene, Plastic, other Plastic, other Polystyrene or
disposable bag liner disposable
Number 1 autoclavable 1 or 2 1 or 2 2
Capacity limit
line, cc 1,000 2,000 2,000 5,000
Graduations, cc Not specified 100 100 50
Connector labels Yes Yes Yes Yes
Overflow protection Yes Yes Yes Yes

COMPATIBLE TUBING
Material Not specified Silicone Silicone Silicone
Diameter, mm (in) Not specified Not specified Not specified 8 x 14 (0.3 x 0.6)
Length, m (ft) 2 (6.6) 2.4 (8) 2.4 (8) 2 (6.6)
FILTER TYPE Hydrophobic, Hydrophobic, Hydrophobic, Disposable
bacterial bacterial bacterial
STANDARD ACCESSORIES Canister, tubing Canisters, foot- Canisters, foot- Canisters, tubing,
switch, cart switch, cart stand

SWITCH TYPE Not specified Footswitch Footswitch Footswitch **


POWER REQUIREMENTS
VAC 120/240, 50/60 Hz or 115/230 115/230 115/230 or
rechargeable battery 50/60 Hz
W or VA Not specified Not specified Not specified 215 W
H x W x D, cm (in) 38 x 17 x 28.5 Not specified Not specified 29 x 28 x 36
(15 x 6.7 x 11.2) (11.4 x 11 x 14.2)
WEIGHT, kg (lb) See footnote *** 8 (18) : 9 (20) 22 (48) 21 (46.3)
LIST PRICE, unit Not specified Not specified Not specified $1,880

Canisters Not specified Not specified Not specified $136


WARRANTY 2 years 1 year 1 year 1 year
OTHER SPECIFICATIONS UL 544 listed. None specified. None specified. None specified.

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* Suction control valve.
** On/off electric or foot controller vacuum.
*** 3.5 kg (7.7 lb), AC powered; 5.1 kg (11.2 lb), AC/DC powered.

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MODEL OGARIT ORDISI ORDISI ORDISI

Tornado A-70 AP-92 Aspit

WHERE MARKETED Not specified Worldwide Worldwide Worldwide

FDA CLEARANCE No No No No
CE MARK (MDD) No Yes Yes Yes
CONFIGURATION Mobile Mobile stand Portable Portable

PUMP TYPE Diaphragm Monobloc, rotating Membrane Membrane


submerged in oil
Number of pumps Not specified Not specified 1 2 membranes
VACUUM LIMIT, mm Hg 720 720 620 600
Free airflow,
L/min 50 50 10 13.5
Gauge units kPa Not specified Not specified Not specified
Gauge diam, cm (in) Not specified 5 (2) 5 (2) 5 (2)
VACUUM CONTROL
METHOD Bypass valve Yes Yes Yes

SOUND LEVEL, dB(A) 50 50 30 30


COLLECTION CANISTERS Disposable/reusable Reusable Reusable Reusable
Material Plastic/glass Glass Plastic Glass

Number 21 1 1 1
Capacity limit
line, cc Not specified 5,000 1,000 1,600
Graduations, cc Not specified 1,000 100 200
Connector labels Yes Yes Yes Yes
Overflow protection Yes Yes Yes Yes

COMPATIBLE TUBING
Material Not specified Silicone Silicone Silicone
Diameter, mm (in) Not specified 8 (0.3) 8 (0.3) 8 (0.3)
Length, m (ft) Not specified Not specified Not specified Not specified
FILTER TYPE Closing foam and Bacterial/ Bacterial/ Bacterial/
bacterial hydrophobic hydrophobic hydrophobic
STANDARD ACCESSORIES Not specified Switch Switch Switch

SWITCH TYPE Hand- and footswitch Footswitch Footswitch Footswitch


POWER REQUIREMENTS
VAC 230, 50 Hz 120/220 120/220 120/220

W or VA 100 VA 500 VA 80 VA 115 VA


H x W x D, cm (in) Not specified 46 x 111 34 x 15 x 30 34 x 15 x 30
(18 x 43.7) (13.4 x 5.9 x 11.8) (13.4 x 5.9 x 11.8)
WEIGHT, kg (lb) Not specified 31 (68.4) 1.4 (3.5) 4.6 (10.2)
LIST PRICE, unit Not specified Not specified Not specified Not specified

Canisters Not specified Not specified Not specified Not specified


WARRANTY Not specified 1 year 1 year 1 year
OTHER SPECIFICATIONS None specified. Meets requirements Meets requirements Meets requirements
of CE 0318 and of CE 0318, of CE 0318,
ISO 9002. EN 60601, and ISO EN 60601, and ISO
9002. 9002.

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MODEL ORDISI ORDISI OTOPRONT OXYLITRE

Futurvac FV-L1P Otopront VAC 45 elite HIGH


ESS100 : ESS200
WHERE MARKETED Worldwide Worldwide Worldwide Worldwide except
USA
FDA CLEARANCE No No Submitted No
CE MARK (MDD) Yes Yes Yes Yes
CONFIGURATION Mobile stand Mobile stand Mobile, 4 casters Mobile

PUMP TYPE Monobloc, rotating Monobloc, rotating Diaphragm Diaphragm


submerged in oil submerged in oil
Number of pumps Not specified Not specified 1 1
VACUUM LIMIT, mm Hg 720 758 710 620
Free airflow,
L/min 50 166 45 25
Gauge units Not specified Not specified Bar mm Hg, kPa
Gauge diam, cm (in) 7 (2.8) 7 (2.8) 3 (1.2) 6.3 (2.5)
VACUUM CONTROL
METHOD Yes Yes Regulating valve Regulating valve

SOUND LEVEL, dB(A) 50 50 Not specified Not specified


COLLECTION CANISTERS Reusable Reusable Reusable, disposable Reusable/disposable
Material Plastic Plastic Plastic Plastic

Number 2-3 2-3 1 1:2


Capacity limit
line, cc 1,000-3,000 1,000-3,000 1,000-3,000 1,800 or 2,000
Graduations, cc 500 500 25 200
Connector labels Yes Yes Yes Yes
Overflow protection Yes Yes Yes Yes

COMPATIBLE TUBING
Material Silicone Silicone Silicone Polyethylene (FR)
Diameter, mm (in) 8 (0.3) 8 (0.3) 10 (0.4) 8 (0.3) ID
Length, m (ft) Not specified Not specified 1.5 (4.9) 1 (3.3)
FILTER TYPE Bacterial/ Bacterial/ Bacterial Sealed disposable
hydrophobic hydrophobic hydrophobic
STANDARD ACCESSORIES Switch Switch Canisters, filters, Tubing
footswitch

SWITCH TYPE Footswitch Footswitch Footswitch Illuminated


POWER REQUIREMENTS
VAC 120/220 120/220 115/230 220-240

W or VA 500 VA 650 VA 400 W 127 W


H x W x D, cm (in) 50 x 43 x 80 50 x 43 x 80 90 x 42 x 50 83.8 x 39.4 x 27.9
(19.7 x 16.9 x 31.5) (19.7 x 16.9 x 31.5) (35.4 x 16.5 x19.7) (33 x 15.5 x 11)
WEIGHT, kg (lb) 22.1 (48.7) 30 (66.2) 28 (62) 13 (28.7)
LIST PRICE, unit Not specified Not specified Not specified Not specified

Canisters Not specified Not specified Not specified Not specified


WARRANTY 1 year 1 year 2 years 1 year
OTHER SPECIFICATIONS Meets requirements Meets requirements Suction tube Meets requirements
of CE 0318 and of CE 0318 and cleaner with 1.5 L of BS EN 46001 and
ISO 9002. ISO 9002. bottle for disinfec- 93/42/EEC, BS EN
tion liquid; steel ISO 9001, and
casing. Meets ISO 10079-1.
requirements of CE,
ISO 9001, and TUV.

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MODEL OXYLITRE OXYLITRE PENLON PHIPPS & BIRD

elite LOW elite THEATRE Penlon AUL


ESS050 ESS5200 Aspirator
WHERE MARKETED Worldwide, except Worldwide, except Worldwide USA
USA USA
FDA CLEARANCE No No No Yes
CE MARK (MDD) Yes Yes Yes No
CONFIGURATION Mobile Mobile Portable/optional Portable, mobile
mobile stand cart available
PUMP TYPE Diaphragm Diaphragm Oilless double Cylinder piston/
diaphragm diaphragm
Number of pumps 2 2 1 1
VACUUM LIMIT, mm Hg 620 620 600 560
Free airflow,
L/min 55 55 30 Not specified
Gauge units mm Hg, kPa mm Hg, kPa mm Hg, kPa cm Hg
Gauge diam, cm (in) 6.3 (2.5) 6.3 (2.5) 5 (2) 5 (2)
VACUUM CONTROL
METHOD Regulating valve Regulating valve Regulating knob Regulating valve

SOUND LEVEL, dB(A) Not specified Not specified <60 Not specified
COLLECTION CANISTERS Reusable/disposable Reusable/disposable Reusable/disposable Reusable *
Material Plastic Plastic Polystyrene dispos- Glass
able liner bag
Number 2 2 2 autoclavable 1
Capacity limit
line, cc 1,800 or 2,000 1,800 or 2,000 2,000 900
Graduations, cc 200 200 20 250
Connector labels Yes Yes Yes Yes
Overflow protection Yes Yes Yes Yes

COMPATIBLE TUBING
Material Polyethylene (FR) Polyethylene (FR) Silicone Vinyl supplied **
Diameter, mm (in) 8 (.3) ID 8 (0.3) ID Not specified 4.8 (0.19) ID
Length, m (ft) 1 (3.3) 1 (3.3) Not specified ~1 (3.3)
FILTER TYPE Sealed disposable Sealed disposable Bacterial in-line Hydrophobic
hydrophobic hydrophobic
STANDARD ACCESSORIES Tubing Tubing Optional footswitch Not specified

SWITCH TYPE Illuminated Illuminated Illuminated Toggle


POWER REQUIREMENTS
VAC 220-240 220-240 115/230, 50/60 Hz 120 (1/10 hp motor)

W or VA 127 W 170 W Not specified Not specified


H x W x D, cm (in) 83.8 x 39.4 x 27.9 83.8 x 39.4 x 27.9 32.5 x 22.5 x 35.6 27.9 x 20.3 x 35.6
(33 x 15.5 x 11) (33 x 15.5 x 11) (12.8 x 8.9 x 14) (11 x 8 x 14)
WEIGHT, kg (lb) 13 (28.7) 15.5 (33) 8 (17.6) 7.2 (16)
LIST PRICE, unit Not specified Not specified Not specified Not specified

Canisters Not specified Not specified Not specified Not specified


WARRANTY 1 year 1 year 1 year 1 year
OTHER SPECIFICATIONS Meets requirements Meets requirements Meets requirements Hospital Grade plug;
of BS EN 46001 and of BS EN 46001 and of BS EN 6001 and rated for 1 year of
93/42/EEC, BS EN 93/42/EEC, BS EN 9001. continuous
ISO 9001, and ISO 9001, and operation.
ISO 10079-1. ISO 10079-1. UL listed.

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* Accepts most brands of disposable suction canisters.
** Compatible with other types.

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MODEL PHIPPS & BIRD PHIPPS & BIRD SAMED SAMED

CAUL DCA MOD CH1 MOD CH2


Compressor/Aspirator Aspirator/Compressor
WHERE MARKETED USA USA Worldwide Worldwide

FDA CLEARANCE Yes Yes No No


CE MARK (MDD) No No Yes Yes
CONFIGURATION Portable, mobile Portable Mobile on 4 anti- Mobile on 4 anti-
cart available static casters static casters
PUMP TYPE Cylinder piston/ Cylinder piston/ 1-cylinder piston 2-cylinder piston
diaphragm diaphragm
Number of pumps 1 1 1 1
VACUUM LIMIT, mm Hg 560 560 650 650
Free airflow,
L/min Not specified Not specified 50 75
Gauge units cm Hg cm Hg cm Hg cm Hg
Gauge diam, cm (in) 5 (2) 5 (2) Not specified Not specified
VACUUM CONTROL
METHOD Regulating valve Regulating valve Regulating valve Regulating valve

SOUND LEVEL, dB(A) Not specified Not specified <50 dB @ 1 m <50 dB @ 1 m


COLLECTION CANISTERS Reusable * Disposable Reusable Reusable
Material Glass Containers sold Makrolon (autoclav- Makrolon (autoclav-
separately able) able)
Number 1 Not specified 1 2
Capacity limit
line, cc 900 Not specified 2,000; opt 4,000 2,000; opt 4,000
Graduations, cc 250 Not specified 50 50
Connector labels Yes Yes Yes Yes
Overflow protection Yes Yes Yes Yes

COMPATIBLE TUBING
Material Vinyl supplied ** Vinyl supplied ** Silicone Silicone
Diameter, mm (in) 4.8 (0.19) ID 4.8 (0.19) ID 8 (0.3) ID 8 (0.3) ID
Length, m (ft) ~1 (3.3) ~1 (3.3) 1.8 (5.9) 1.8 (5.9)
FILTER TYPE Hydrophobic Hydrophobic Bacterial Bacterial

STANDARD ACCESSORIES 0-40 psi pressure 0-38 psi pressure Canister, tubing, 2 canisters, tubing,
gauge, air-filter gauge, air-filter footswitch, cable, footswitch, cable,
regulation valve regulation valve bacterial filter bacterial filter
SWITCH TYPE Toggle Toggle Pneumatic Pneumatic
POWER REQUIREMENTS
VAC 120 (1/10 hp motor) 120 (1/10 hp motor) 220-240 220-240

W or VA Not specified Not specified See footnote *** See footnote †

H x W x D, cm (in) 27.9 x 20.3 x 35.6 17.8 x 22.9 x 35.6 93 x 38 x 30 93 x 50 x 30


(11 x 8 x 14) (7 x 9 x 14) (36.6 x 15 x 11.8) (36.6 x 19.7 x 11.8)
WEIGHT, kg (lb) 8.2 (18) 3.2 (7) 21 (46) 28 (62)
LIST PRICE, unit Not specified Not specified €1,136 €1,224
(US$1,132) (US$1,389)
Canisters Not specified Not specified Not specified Not specified
†† ††
WARRANTY 1 year 1 year 1 year, parts 1 year, parts
OTHER SPECIFICATIONS Hospital Grade plug; Optional battery None specified. None specified.
rated for 1 year of pack and battery
continuous charger.
operation.
UL listed.

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* Accepts most brands of disposable suction canisters.
** Compatible with other types.
*** 155 W (engine), 185 W (suction).

310 VA (engine), 400 VA (suction).
††
Except for batteries and consumables.

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MODEL SAMED SIARE SIARE SQUIRE-COGSWELL

PORTABLE UNIT IN DC 820/C DC 1000/C Instavac II


CARRYING CASE
WHERE MARKETED Worldwide Worldwide Worldwide Worldwide

FDA CLEARANCE No No No Yes


CE MARK (MDD) Yes Yes Yes No
CONFIGURATION Portable, contained Mobile Mobile Portable
in carrying case
PUMP TYPE 1-cylinder piston Rotary Rotary Rotary carbon vane

Number of pumps 1 1 1 1
VACUUM LIMIT, mm Hg 580 760 760 550
Free airflow,
L/min 13 50 50 38
Gauge units cm Hg cm Hg cm Hg mm Hg
Gauge diam, cm (in) Not specified Not specified Not specified Not specified
VACUUM CONTROL
METHOD Regulating valve Regulating valve Regulating valve Regulating knob

SOUND LEVEL, dB(A) <50 dB @ 1 m 50 maximum 50 maximum 61 @ 1 m


COLLECTION CANISTERS Reusable Reusable Reusable Disposable
Material Makrolon (autoclav- Plastic Plastic Plastic
able)
Number 1 1 2 1
Capacity limit
line, cc 2,000 2,000 4,000 800, 1,200
Graduations, cc 50 100 100 Not specified
Connector labels Yes Yes Yes Yes
Overflow protection Yes Yes Yes Yes

COMPATIBLE TUBING
Material Silicone Silicone Silicone Not specified
Diameter, mm (in) 8 (0.3) ID 7 (0.28) 7 (0.28) Not specified
Length, m (ft) 1.8 (5.9) 1.5 (4.9) 1.5 (4.9) Not specified
FILTER TYPE Bacterial Bacterial Bacterial Hydrophobic, in-line
and exhaust
STANDARD ACCESSORIES Canister, bacterial Canisters Canisters Not specified
filter, cable

SWITCH TYPE Continuous operation NA Pneumatic selector * Not specified


POWER REQUIREMENTS
VAC 220/230 230; 115 optional 230; 115 optional 110/220, 50/60 Hz
battery, 12 VDC
W or VA 14 W 200 200 Not specified
H x W x D, cm (in) 29 x 40 x 14 70 x 45 x 18 95 x 56 x 40 20.3 x 30.5 x 24.1
(11.4 x 15.7 x 5.5) (27.6 x 17.7 x 7.1) (37.4 x 22 x 15.7) (8 x 12 x 9.5)
WEIGHT, kg (lb) 5 (11) 12 (26) 31 (68) 7 (15.5)
LIST PRICE, unit €465 (US$463) Not specified Not specified $895

Canisters Not specified Not specified Not specified Not specified


WARRANTY 1 year, parts ** 1 year 1 year 1 year
OTHER SPECIFICATIONS None specified. None specified. None specified. None specified.

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* Remote control optional.
** Except for batteries and consumables.

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MODEL SQUIRE-COGSWELL WELLS JOHNSON WELLS JOHNSON
FAILED TO RESPOND * FAILED TO RESPOND *
Moblvac III cs HERCULES WHISPERATOR

WHERE MARKETED Worldwide Worldwide Worldwide

FDA CLEARANCE Yes Yes Yes


CE MARK (MDD) No No No
CONFIGURATION Stand mounted Mobile Mobile

PUMP TYPE Rotary carbon vane 2-cylinder piston 2-cylinder piston

Number of pumps 1 3 2
VACUUM LIMIT, mm Hg 550 760 @ sea level 760 @ sea level
Free airflow,
L/min 36 ** 192.6 147.2
Gauge units mm Hg Not specified Not specified
Gauge diam, cm (in) Not specified Not specified Not specified
VACUUM CONTROL
METHOD Regulating knob Not specified Not specified

SOUND LEVEL, dB(A) Not specified 53 ±3 dB @ 6 ft 53 ±3 dB @ 6 ft


COLLECTION CANISTERS Disposable Reusable/disposable Reusable/disposable
Material Plastic Not specified Not specified

Number 1 Not specified Not specified


Capacity limit
line, cc 800, 1,200 Not specified Not specified
Graduations, cc Not specified Not specified Not specified
Connector labels Not specified Not specified Not specified
Overflow protection Not specified Trap Trap

COMPATIBLE TUBING
Material Not specified Silicone Silicone
Diameter, mm (in) Not specified Not specified Not specified
Length, m (ft) Not specified 4.25 (9) 4.25 (9)
FILTER TYPE Hydrophobic, in-line Bacterial, HEPA Bacterial, HEPA
and exhaust
STANDARD ACCESSORIES Not specified Not specified Not specified

SWITCH TYPE Not specified Footswitch Footswitch


POWER REQUIREMENTS
VAC 110/220, 50/60 Hz Not specified Not specified

W or VA Not specified Not specified Not specified


H x W x D, cm (in) 71.1 x 35.6 x 40.6 47 x 45.7 x 38.1 47 x 45.7 x 38.1
(28 x 14 x 16) (18.5 x 18 x 15) (18.5 x 18 x 15)
WEIGHT, kg (lb) 14.5 (32) 33 (73) 29 (64)
LIST PRICE, unit $1,795 Not specified Not specified

Canisters Not specified Not specified Not specified


WARRANTY 1 year 5 years 5 years
OTHER SPECIFICATIONS None specified. None specified. None specified.

Colons separate data on similar models of a device.


* Specifications current as of April 2000.
** Constant mode; 8 L/min, intermittent mode.

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