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Oridion Signs Strategic Development and Marketing Agreement with Global Healthcare Company
Date:1/14/2009

Oridion Microstream(R) Technology to be Incorporated Into Market Leader's Patient-Controlled Analgesia (PCA) Device

JERUSALEM and NEEDHAM, Massachusetts, January 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Oridion Systems Ltd. (SIX Swiss Exchange: ORIDN) today announced an agreement with a global healthcare company that is a market leader in medication infusion systems. Under this agreement, Oridion's Capnostream(TM) carbon dioxide (CO2) monitor using Microstream(R) capnography technology will be incorporated into a PCA infusion device at a future date, allowing hospital patients to control the flow of their pain medication within specified limits.

By enabling connectivity between the Capnostream and PCA device, clinicians will be able to monitor their patients' end tidal (CO2) levels. Clinicians using Microstream are more likely to detect respiratory depression than clinicians monitoring with pulse oximetry alone.(1) This is particularly important when administering potent pain medication.

The ability to monitor CO2 levels is vital. It can alert clinicians to episodes of hypoventilation as well as help them assess ventilation and treatment of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in patients. This is the reason why organizations, such as the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation (APSF)(2) and the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)(3) recommend ventilatory monitoring when administering opiates and during procedural sedation. Patient-controlled analgesia systems are used in both environments.

"More and more hospital systems are becoming proactive about instituting policies to assure patient safety when potent drugs are used," said Gerry Feldman, president of Oridion. "It is good to see that the hospital community recognizes the importance of monitoring ventilation effectively, a necessity to safely eliminate unnecessary patient pain, a Joint Commission mandate. Our
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