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Hoana Medical to Present at the National Forum on Quality Improvement in Health Care
Date:12/10/2008

HONOLULU, Dec. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Hoana Medical announced today that its patented LifeBed(TM) and LifeGurney(TM) Patient Vigilance Systems will be showcased at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) premier event in Nashville, TN., which will be attended by nearly 5,000 leaders in hospital safety.

Hoana is launching an aggressive Luminary program in conjunction with the IHI event, to introduce its LifeGurney system, focused on overcrowding in the emergency room. "We are partnering with six leading emergency room sites across the USA to address overcrowding issues facing almost all hospitals," said Dr. Patrick Sullivan, President & CEO of Hoana Medical. "IHI focuses on quality improvement, and Hoana offers patient safety solutions that support nurses and physicians in providing the highest quality health care available."

Nursing labor shortages, tighter economic resources, overcrowding in emergency rooms and other "holding areas" culminate in a growing problem and can lead to patient diversions, stoppage of elective surgery and increased patient dissatisfaction -- all of which negatively impact hospital throughput and revenue. According to the Joint Commission, "one half of all 'sentinel event' cases of poor outcomes that were attributable to delays in therapy originated in the emergency department, with overcrowding playing a role in almost one third of these cases."

Being hospitalized should provide patients with the highest levels of care possible. Yet even in the best hospitals, patients experience falls -- sometimes with severe injury -- or develop avoidable conditions such as pressure ulcers, urinary tract infections, or life-threatening conditions. These conditions contribute to the rising cost of health care and lead to an estimated 200,000 deaths annually.

All of these conditions have been found to be "nurse sensitive" indicators -- meaning that the more Registered
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