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Bluetooth® technology gives pre-hospital EMS teams uninterrputed focus on patient care

REDMOND, Wash., May 6, 2004 — Medtronic announced today its global introduction of a new patient data transmission product upgrade for the LIFEPAK® 12 defibrillator/monitor called LIFENET® BLUE. Equipped with Bluetooth® SIG technology, LIFENET BLUE allows emergency medical service (EMS) teams to wirelessly transfer patient data from a LIFEPAK® 12 to a tablet PC running LIFENET® EMS ePCR (electronic patient care report) to provide a complete pre-hospital patient record. Additionally, LIFENET Blue provides EMS teams the ability to wirelessly transmit patient data from a LIFEPAK 12 defibrillator/monitor via a Bluetooth-enabled cell phone to a remote LIFENET RS Receiving Station in a hospital emergency department.

“LIFENET BLUE uses data encryption and frequency hopping to protect the confidentiality of vital patient information,” said Robert White, president of Medtronic’s Emergency Response Systems business unit. “This product upgrade will allow EMS personnel to quickly download critical clinical information to the LIFENET system and potentially cut their in-hospital turnaround time.”

Unlike other wireless patient data transmission products currently on the market, LIFENET BLUE sends information directly from the LIFEPAK 12 with no need for the user to purchase an iPAQ PC to assist in data transmission. The LIFENET BLUE technology also allows emergency medical personnel uninterrupted focus on patient care while 12-lead ECGs and vital statistics are transmitted.

Medtronic launched its medical informatics product LIFENET EMS in November 2003. LIFENET EMS combines powerful mobile data collection software with a rugged, touch-screen mobile PC. The system enables EMS teams and first responders to electronically capture patient information at the scene of an emergency and wirelessly transfer it to clinical and operational staff for in-depth data management and reporting.

“Medical informatics is a growing area for us, and we anticipate the launch of a number of exciting new products over the next few years,” White said.

LIFENET BLUE is an economical upgrade to the LIFEPAK 12 and is part of an integrated Medtronic LIFEPAK system of emergency response products that includes LIFENET EMS and LIFENET RS. Medtronic LIFEPAK products are used by 9 out of the top 10 EMS teams in the United States.

Medtronic’s Emergency Response Systems business unit located in Redmond, Wash., pioneered defibrillation technology nearly 50 years ago. With 450,000 LIFEPAK defibrillators distributed worldwide, Medtronic is the world’s leading provider of external defibrillators for the treatment of sudden cardiac arrest. To learn more about LIFENET EMS, go to www.lifenetems.com. To find out more about Medtronic Emergency Response Systems, go to www.medtronic-ers.com or call 1-800-442-1142. Medtronic, Inc., headquartered in Minneapolis, is the world’s leading medical technology company, providing lifelong solutions for people with chronic disease. Its Internet address is www.medtronic.com.

Any statements made about the company’s anticipated future products and market growth are forward-looking statements subject to risks and uncertainties such as required regulatory approval and those described in Medtronic’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended April 25, 2003. Actual results may differ materially from anticipated results.


Rachael Scherer, Investor Relations, 763-505-2694
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Medtronic Introduces LIFENET® BLUE Wireless Patient Data Transmission Product Enhancement

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