In brief: KCI's income drops, Sunrise beefs up education

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

SAN ANTONIO - Kinetic Concepts, Inc. (KCI), a manufacturer of negative pressure devices, reported last week that its net income fell 8% in the second quarter of 2010 to $53.6 million. Revenues rose 1% to $497.8 million for the same time period. KCI also reported that rental revenue fell 3% to $283.1 million and that sales rose 8% to $214.7 million. The increase is sales, however, was offset by administrative and other general expenses, which rose 17%, the company stated.

Sunrise beefs up education

LONGMONT, Colo. - Sunrise Medical launched a new education program in July that's designed to help OTs, PTs and rehab providers more effectively supply the appropriate mobility solutions to patients. "At the end of the day, that is what we are all here for," said Steve Fox, director of clinical services. The first two courses in the multi-course series are: "Manual Mobility: Adult Rigid Frame Wheelchair Technology for Function & Performance" and "Pediatric Thoughts, Ideas and Solutions! Considerations When Choosing Seating & Mobility Solutions." The courses come with CEU credits. For more information, go to

Wheelchair providers target online shoppers

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. and SALT LAKE CITY, Utah - Two brick-and-mortar wheelchair providers announced recently that they've begun selling their products online. United Seating and Mobility ( has redesigned its Web site to include an online store, and Orbit Medical ( has launched a new Web site,, to sell its products online for cash. Both companies say staff is available to help customers with online buying decisions.