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 News Release - October 2, 2006

Smiths Medical is Awarded Contract With Children's Hospital of Wisconsin

CARLSBAD, Calif., Oct. 2 (HSMN NewsFeed) -- Smiths Medical, part of the global engineering business Smiths Group, announced today it has been awarded a contract by Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. After extensive product scrutiny, meetings, and a trial, Children's Hospital agreed to purchase 400 Medfusion(TM) 3500 syringe pumps with PharmGuardŽ Medication Safety Software to fulfill their infusion pump requirements.

Syringe Infusion Pumps are devices that are designed for precise dosage of drugs injected for medical treatment. The Medfusion(TM) 3500 Syringe Pump with PharmGuardŽ Medication Safety Software is a smart pump that incorporates specific configuration profiles, over 4,000 drug library capacity, over 100 different dosing units, and safety limits on all infusion parameters to help reduce medication errors that may occur without the use of smart pumps. The product can be configured for OR specific profiles to meet the needs of the OR as well as other nursing units and areas. The Medfusion(TM) 3500 syringe pumps with PharmGuard(TM) Medication Safety Software -- can help medical professionals reduce medication errors through simplicity of use and work flow efficiencies.

"We needed to expand the current fleet of syringe pumps in order to meet growing patient needs. Additional units of the style we had were no longer available and did not have dose error reduction software," said Terry Hensler, Manager of Clinical Engineering and Chair of the IV Technology Leadership Team at Children's Hospital. "We decided to purchase the Medfusion(TM) 3500 Syringe Pump with PharmGuardŽ Medication Safety Software for their pump configuration, ease of use, stability of Smiths Medical, configurability of the safety software, disposables, educational support, and cost."

"The implementation services offered by Smiths Medical were excellent. They provided an exceptionally knowledgeable clinical team that covered in-house support very effectively," adds Hensler. "Smiths Medical has been very responsive in listening to our concerns and suggestions for improvement. This has resulted in changes to the software that we believe will benefit our facilities and others."

"The contract with Children's Hospital presents a great opportunity to demonstrate that intuitive safety technology can be devised to improve work flow efficiencies," stated John Bond, Global Director of Marketing for Safety Infusion Systems at Smiths Medical. "The use of Medfusion(TM) 3500 Syringe Pumps in a majority of the top adult and pediatric institutions is a testimonial in itself, as it enhances Smiths Medical's presence and reputation in critical care environments throughout the world."

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 systems, infusion systems, implantable access systems, safety devices and 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 http://www.smiths-medical.com.

About Children's Hospital of Wisconsin

Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, founded in 1894, is recognized as one of the leading pediatric health care centers in the United States. Children's Hospital is the only freestanding Level I Trauma Center in the region that cares exclusively for children and adolescents. In 2004, the hospital was designated a Magnet hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, a national honor that recognizes nursing excellence. Children's Hospital is the flagship member of Children's Hospital and Health System. Private, independent and not-for-profit, the hospital serves children and families from Wisconsin, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, northern Illinois, and beyond.


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