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Hospitals See Infection Rates More Than Halved, Patient Stays Shortened by 27 Percent in New Study Announced by I-Flow
Date:9/18/2007

where the system would be appropriate, potential savings to the healthcare system could be billions of dollars.

The unique infection prevention capability of the system is enhanced by the ON-Q SilverSoaker catheter that is treated with an antimicrobial silver agent in nanotechnology form and has been shown in in-vitro testing to be 99.9 percent effective in decreasing bacteria and fungus commonly associated with hospital-acquired infections. Silver has long been known as an antimicrobial agent and is now used in many modern medical devices. In addition, when patients are treated with ON-Q, they often do not experience the immune-suppressive response of narcotics, which can essentially weaken patients and make it more difficult for their bodies to fight an infection.

"ON-Q PainBuster with ON-Q SilverSoaker Antimicrobial Catheter is considered the market leader in pain relief pumps due to its superior pain relief, ease of use, faster recovery times for patients and antimicrobial benefits," stated Donald M. Earhart, President and CEO of I-Flow Corporation. "We are extremely encouraged about the role ON-Q may now be able to play in infection prevention and surgical site care, potentially lowering healthcare cost across hospitals and health systems."

About ON-Q

ON-Q PainBuster from I-Flow Corporation (Nasdaq: IFLO) is the market leader in continuous surgical-site pain relief systems -- commonly known as "pain pumps" or "pain relief pumps." It consists of a small balloon pump that holds local anesthetic (a pain-numbing medicine) and delivers it automatically through its proprietary ON-Q SilverSoaker catheter treated with an antimicrobial silver agent to provide even distribution of local anesthesia over a
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