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 News Release - January 2, 2007

HMS Technologies, Inc. Awarded Medical Device GSA Federal Supply Schedule For Vidacare's EZ-IO(R) Intraosseous Product System

SAN DIEGO & MARTINSBURG, W. Va.--(HSMN NewsFeed)--HMS Technologies, Inc. (HMS) announced today that they have been awarded a medical device GSA Federal Supply Schedule (FSS) for the EZ-IOŽ product system manufactured by Vidacare Corporation. The GSA FSS contract number, issued by the Department of Veterans Affairs, is V797P-4984A.

The EZ-IO product system provides an immediate, safe and secure method of accessing the circulation through the intraosseous (IO) route, a technique that is being used by an increasing number of emergency care personnel for resuscitation and stabilization. IO infusion accesses the central circulation through blood vessels within the bone marrow that are held open by a rigid, non-collapsible bony wall. Medications administered through the IO route reach the central circulation in about one second, equivalent to the central venous route. Guidelines issued by the American Heart Association recommend that IO be used as a first alternative to intravenous access in cardiac arrest.

Harry M. Siegel, president and CEO, noted that, "this new medical device schedule will now make obtaining this lifesaving product much easier for our military and other federal agencies such as FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security."

HMS is the exclusive federal distributor for the commercial versions of the EZ-IO Emergency vascular access products.

"We are pleased to take this important step with HMS to make it easier for our Federal customers to acquire the EZ-IO emergency vascular access product system and make its life saving benefits more widely available to those in need, whether in the military, a national disaster, a mass casualty situation, or in the VA or military hospitals," stated Phil Faris, president and CEO of Vidacare.

About Vidacare Corporation

The EZ-IO product system by Vidacare is the best product for immediate vascular access when conventional IV access is difficult or impossible. The EZ-IO facilitates the administration of fluids and drugs to the patient securely, easily and quickly. EZ-IO's superior design yields an ease of use that allows vascular access with minimal trauma to the patient tissue or bone. Its unique design allows the user to know precisely when the insertion needle has entered the intraosseous space giving them superior control, even in the most difficult cases. EZ-IO allows emergency medicine professionals to work expertly to securely attain vascular access in seconds. The result is the ability to achieve required flow rates safely and with confidence. EZ-IO can help improve the clinical excellence of the EMS and the hospital, ultimately becoming a contributing factor in saving patients' lives. Headquartered in San Antonio, TX, Vidacare was founded in 2001. For more information, visit www.vidacare.com.

About HMS Technologies, Inc.

HMS TECHNOLOGIES, INC. is an established Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business that integrates technology, partners and clients for the common goal of teamed success in both the Federal and commercial environments. Our mission is to be the most responsive SDVOSB systems integrator in the world that is recognized for the award-winning quality and value of our work while living the priorities of the organization through the five C's in the following order: Country, Clients, Colleagues, Corporation, and Cost-Control.


Source: Vidacare

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