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Leading Pediatric Hospital Chooses RIVA System for Safe and Efficient IV Preparation

Wednesday, October 31, 2007 General News J E 4
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WINNIPEG, Oct. 31 /PRNewswire/ - Intelligent Hospital Systems (IH Systems)today announced that one of the world's leading pediatric hospitals has signeda contract to lease a RIVA (Robotic Intravenous Automation) system- aself-contained unit for filling IV syringes and bags.

Kevin McGarry, Chief Executive Officer of IH Systems, believes RIVA'sability to safely and accurately fill IV syringes and bags is an importantattribute for health care facilities seeking to ensure patient safety. "TheChildren's Hospital of Philadelphia is clearly a leader in pediatric pharmacyand we are thrilled to help them achieve their goals for patient care," hesays. He continues, "Working with the smallest of critically ill patients anddispensing a wide range of products in very small doses, a pediatric hospitalneeds to have confidence in the system they choose to dispense requiredmedications." McGarry points out the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia willbe the first dedicated pediatric hospital to use a RIVA system to manage theirproduction of both IV syringes and bags.

RIVA's flexibility and suitability for use in adult and pediatricfacilities, coupled with its ability to safely process chemotherapy drugs, isdriving increased interest in the system, according to Jane Arnot, VicePresident of Corporate Strategy and Business Development for IH Systems."Health care facilities across North America are recognizing the significantexpected benefits for patient care from using the RIVA system, includingreduced compounding risk, improved sterility and increased dose accuracy intheir admixture pharmacies," she says. "We are seeing a great deal of interestin both pediatric and adult hospitals, and from infusion centers," she adds.Arnot says the first unit will be placed in March 2008.

RIVA (Robotic IV Automation System) -a self-contained unit for filling IVsyringes and bags- is the first product developed by Winnipeg-based medicaldevice company Intelligent Hospital Systems. For more information, pleasevisit www.rivasystem.com.

SOURCE Intelligent Hospital Systems
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