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U.S. Department of Defense Awards Sole-Source Provider Agreement to 3M Littmann Stethoscopes

<p class='bwalignc'> <i><b>Two-Year Agreement makes 3M Health Care exclusive stethoscope provider for all military hospitals in United States, Europe and Pacific Region</b></i> </p> <p class='bwalignc'> </p>

Thursday, May 17, 2012

U.S. Department of Defense Awards Sole-Source Provider Agreement to 3M Littmann Stethoscopes09:00 EDT Thursday, May 17, 2012 ST. PAUL, Minn. (Business Wire) -- 3M announced today that the Department of Defense (DoD) has awarded 3M Health Care a two-year Enterprise Incentive Agreement (EIA) to provide 3M™ Littmann® Stethoscopes to all DoD medical treatment facilities in the United States, Europe and the Pacific region. The agreement was made effective on May 1, 2012. “3M Littmann Stethoscopes are internationally recognized as the gold standard for stethoscopes. We are proud to have been selected as the exclusive provider for all DoD medical facilities worldwide,” said Melanie Zahler, director of strategic accounts at 3M. “The mark of quality, Littmann stethoscopes provide precision, excellent acoustics, innovative design and overall exceptional performance.” 3M has been a leader in auscultation technology (listening to internal sounds of the body) since the 1960s. Today, Littmann stethoscopes are internationally recognized as the gold standard for stethoscopes. Many of the newest models incorporate advanced 3M technologies, such as ambient noise reduction and wireless connectivity that enables other clinicians to hear the sounds remotely. The DoD agreement will include all 3M Littmann Stethoscopes including electronic stethoscope models. 3M Littmann Stethoscopes also offer valuable auscultation training and a body sounds library through the 3M™ Littmann® Learning Institute. About 3M™ Littmann® Stethoscopes 3M™ Littmann® Stethoscopes is a global leader in auscultation technology – providing innovative solutions to improve patient care. Littmann stethoscopes are trusted worldwide for precision, acoustical superiority, reliable design and exceptional performance, helping clinicians detect difficult-to-hear body sounds and advance patient care. As part of the 3M Infection Prevention Division, Littmann® Stethoscopes, with its system of people, products and processes, remains a trusted partner committed to helping healthcare personnel improve the ease of detecting difficult to hear body sounds and ultimately, improve patient outcomes. For more information on 3M™ Littmann® Stethoscopes, please visit About 3M Health Care 3M Health Care offers solutions in the medical, oral care, drug delivery, food safety and health information markets. We have an unparalleled ability to connect people, insights, science and technology to think beyond today, solve problems, and make better health possible. Our culture of collaboration empowers us to discover and deliver practical, proven solutions that enable our customers to protect and improve the health of people around the world. Learn more at 3M Health Care. 3M and Littmann are trademarks of 3M.Media Contacts:3MMary Kokkinen, (651) 733-8806Mckokkinen@mmm.comorFleishman-HillardJennifer Westphal, (816)