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Cardinal Health, Patient Safety Technologies Enter Into Exclusive Distribution Agreement For SurgiCount(TM) Surgical Safety Products
Date:11/20/2009

DUBLIN, Ohio and TEMECULA, Calif., Nov. 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Cardinal Health and Patient Safety Technologies today announced that they have entered into a five-year exclusive distribution agreement to co-market the SurgiCount Safety-Sponge(TM) System, which helps prevent retention of sponges and towels unintentionally left in patients during surgical procedures.

The new agreement builds upon a relationship that began in 2006 when Cardinal Health became the exclusive distribution partner for the SurgiCount Safety-Sponge System, a complete and comprehensive sponge counting and documentation system designed to dramatically increase the accuracy of sponge counts performed in hospitals. Cardinal Health will continue to package SurgiCount's lap sponges, gauze sponges and operating room towels in its market-leading Presource® kits and trays.

In addition, Cardinal Health has issued a $10 million purchase order for SurgiCount products, calling for deliveries over the next 12-month period. As part of the purchase order, Patient Safety Technologies has issued Cardinal Health warrants to purchase 1,250,000 shares of Patient Safety Technologies common stock (OTC Bulletin Board: PSTX) at $2 per share and 625,000 shares of its common stock at $4 per share.

"Cardinal Health and SurgiCount Medical have created a strong relationship over the past three years with a mutual goal to improve safety in the operating room," said Steve Inacker, president of Cardinal Health's Clinical and Procedural businesses. "Our enhanced partnership solidifies the Safety-Sponge System as Cardinal Health's preferred technology to help our customers protect their patients from retained foreign objects during surgeries."

To date, Patient Safety Technologies and Cardinal Health have shipped more than 20 million SurgiCount Safety-Sponges that have been used in more than 700,000 procedures without a single undetected retained event.


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