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Date:9/10/2008

or deteriorating negative events can occur unnoticed.

In addition to nursing shortages, recent studies also show that respiratory function is the leading indicator of pending patient distress. Recently the Joint Commission found that "4 - 17 percent of inpatient admissions have critical events such as cardiopulmonary and respiratory arrests and vital sign changes, with warning signs preceding events by an average of 6 - 8 hours" (Joint Commission, 2007). Studies also show a strong correlation with cardiopulmonary trending and patient outcomes. These types of studies have led the Joint Commission to include patient safety as a major focus in its 2009 Patient Safety Goals for all accredited U.S. hospitals, two of which target the reduction of falls and the early recognition of patient decline.

About Hoana Medical, Inc.

Launched in 2002, Hoana Medical, Inc. is the world's leading healthcare company focused on "Intelligent Medical Vigilance" in acute care hospitals where approximately 200,000 people die from errors and mistakes. It's first U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-cleared offering, the LifeBed(TM) Patient Vigilance System ("LifeBed"), transforms any hospital bed into a LifeBed(TM) System by tracking a patient's vital signs without any wires or connections to the patient. At the intersection between information technology and medical devices, the LifeBed(TM) System acts like another set of eyes for the nurse and alerts if a patient is in trouble. It delivers "vigilance" in an un-tethered and invisible manner, however, if the patient is in trouble, the LifeBed(TM) System calls for help. Experience on more than 15,000 individual hospital patients around the U.S. has yielded dramatic stories of nurses intervening to save a patient's life. Hoana is headquartered in Honolulu, Hawaii. For more information, please visit http://www.hoana.com.

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