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New York Strengthens Emergency Preparedness with Cardinal Health Ventilators
Date:2/21/2008

DUBLIN, Ohio, Feb. 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Cardinal Health, a global provider of products and services that improve the safety and productivity of health care, today announced an order by the New York Department of Health for its public health preparedness program. As part of an expanding statewide plan to maintain emergency response readiness, New York has purchased more than 1,850 portable ventilators from Cardinal Health over the past two years.

Cardinal Health has already shipped 850 of its Lap Top Ventilators Series 1200 (LTVs) in 'GoPack' configuration to New York state. GoPacks contain ventilators, accessories, tubing and other supplies to immediately deploy for use in emergency situations. GoPacks improve readiness and simplify warehouse storage.

"We are working closely with the state and federal government to support emergency preparedness efforts across the country," said Ed Pulwer, Cardinal Health's senior operating executive of Respiratory Technologies and Critical Care. "It is critical that our health care system has access to breathing equipment, specifically ventilators during emergency and disaster situations. There is a growing realization that preparation for a potential pandemic flu or other crisis is a critical national health care initiative, and this equipment plays a significant role in increasing readiness."

Cardinal Health is also working with other states to upgrade their emergency operations. Last year, the company supplied 2,400 ventilators to California for its emergency preparedness initiatives and assisted the Governor's Office of Emergency Services in responding to wildfires in southern California. Today, more than 5,500 LTVs are in state emergency care programs.

The LTV 1200 Series ventilator is a portable, light-weight, high-acuity ventilator that is optimally designed for emergency and disaster situations. Among its numerous features, the ventilator offers an intuitive "in-the-field" user int
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