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 News Release - July 10, 2006

Smiths Medical Wins Participation in Multi-Million Dollar Contract Award for Temperature Management Products

CARLSBAD, Calif., July 10 (HSMN NewsFeed) -- Smiths Medical, part of the global engineering business Smiths Group, announced today it has been awarded participation in a multi-million dollar contract with Premier Purchasing Partners group purchasing organization (GPO). This three-year contract, effective August 1st of 2006 through July 31st of 2009, represents Premier's renewed commitment to purchase devices from Smiths Medical's Temperature Management product portfolio. This award positions Smiths Medical as a full line provider of patient warming products for the approximately 1500 acute care facilities that encompass this GPO's membership.

The Smiths Medical comprehensive line of temperature management products includes both convective and fluid warming products designed to meet the specific needs of patients. One of Smiths Medical's brands in particular, Level 1®, brings a new performance standard to fluid warming temperature management products. Level 1®'s diverse temperature management product line offers the only effective system for keeping patients warm during high-volume surgical irrigation -- the Level 1® NormoFlo® Irrigation Fluid Warmer System. Their convective warming products feature the complete SnuggleWarm® Blankets, a standard line of products in many acute settings, which provide warm air, are easy to manipulate and are available in multiple configurations for all clinical applications.

"Premier members will benefit from access to Smiths Medical's industry- leading fluid and convective warming products. Smiths Medical's quality temperature management product portfolio is designed to enhance patient outcomes while advancing the quality of care provided," said Steve Glover, Vice President of Corporate Accounts at Smiths Medical. "These contracts represent a tremendous opportunity for Smiths Medical to increase its presence within Premier's membership."

About Premier, Inc.

Premier, Inc. helps hospitals accelerate performance on both clinical outcomes and supply chain costs. Premier is a healthcare alliance entirely owned by more than 200 of the nation's leading not-for-profit hospitals and healthcare systems. These organizations operate or are affiliated with nearly 1,500 hospitals and more than 38,500 other healthcare sites. Premier provides an array of resources supporting health services delivery, including clinical and operational comparative data applications for quality/safety performance improvement, group purchasing and supply chain services, and insurance programs. Headquartered in San Diego, CA, Premier has offices in Charlotte, NC and Washington, DC. For more information, visit

About Smiths Medical

Smiths Medical is a clinically-focused global leader in the design, manufacture, and distribution of medical devices used for a variety of therapeutic, diagnostic, and surgical procedures. The company's portfolio includes airway management, pain management, temperature management, infusion, implantable access, safety I.V. catheters, critical care monitoring, and insulin delivery systems. This product range offers customers clinical and economical advantages backed by experience, innovation, and value-added services, including extensive product training and support. For more information, please visit

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