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In 1937, the engineer Holger Hesse founds Testa Laboratory, which is later to become Ambu. Hesse develops products that make a difference to patients and doctors. The Sicca Haemometer is the first product that enabled private practitioners to measure the amount of hemoglobin in the blood without having to send a blood sample to an external laboratory.

The real breakthrough comes in 1956 when the Ambu ventilation bag reaches the market, developed together with anesthetist Henning Ruben. It’s the world’s first self-inflating resuscitator and a major milestone in emergency medical equipment. The Ambu bag becomes a permanent part of hospitals’ and emergency services’ product ranges. Testa Laboratory – which is later to become Ambu – is in growth. During the sixties and seventies, the growth at Testa, which is now led by the late Holger Hesse’s wife, Mrs. Hesse, continues. Many important products are launched: for instance manikins, the PEEP valve, the ECG Simulator and many more.

By the late 70’ies, the demand for Ambu’s products is overwhelming. A global distribution network and sales companies strengthen Ambu’s position on the global medical care and training scene. The products now fall into two categories: resuscitation and training products. In 1986, Testa Laboratory changes its name to Ambu International and six years later, a long-awaited stock exchange listing officially marks Ambu as an international company.

At all times, Ambu ha continued to build on their important heritage by driving breakthrough ideas forward and turn them into efficient healthcare solutions. It has brought them to where we are today – One of the world’s most recognized medical device companies.


At the moment Medic store offers the Ambu Perfit ACE extrication collar for you, as we know exactly how important of proper stabilization of the neck and the head is in case of accidents and emergencies. As many of our customers are active serving soldiers or law enforcement workers, we are also aware to offer you the OD green, a military version of this great product!