Siemens launches world's first 'pocket-sized' ultrasound device in Canada



    
    Vancouver General Hospital and Siemens to implement the ACUSON P10
    ultrasound system in emergency setting
    

    MISSISSAUGA, ON, Sept. 8 /CNW/ - Siemens Canada Limited has partnered
with Vancouver General Hospital (VGH) to implement the new ACUSON P10
ultrasound system - the world's first hand-held ultrasound imaging device -
replacing the existing technology. The new unit is expected to help decrease
the incidence of morbidity and mortality in the trauma setting. VGH's
Emergency/Trauma Radiology department is the first in Canada to use this new
portable device that is utilized in detecting the presence of internal
bleeding in trauma patients.
    "We believe the ACUSON P10 system will be an invaluable tool in helping
triage patients with internal hemorrhage more rapidly than ever before and
will lead to improved patient outcomes," says Dr. Savvas Nicolaou, Director of
Emergency and Trauma Imaging, Vancouver General Hospital. "The ACUSON P10
system is expected to save critical time during that first 'golden hour' after
the patient has arrived at the ER. It is widely understood that patients who
have treatment initiated within the first critical hour have an increased
chance of survival."
    Weighing only 1.6 pounds and measuring approximately 2"x 4" (the size of
a PDA), this unique clinical tool easily fits into a lab coat pocket and can
be worn around the neck, similar to a stethoscope. This allows easy access to
rapid-first-look triage of trauma patients, and, for the first time ever,
makes imaging available in the ER at the same time as the initial physical
examination is performed.
    "The ACUSON P10 system provides faster access to critical information for
physicians at the point of care, which could significantly affect patient
management and improve outcomes," says Klaus Hambuchen, chief executive
officer, Business Unit Ultrasound, Siemens Healthcare. "The ACUSON P10 is a
complete ultrasound imaging system and can be used for trauma, cardiac, OB/GYN
and general imaging applications in settings where the use of larger systems
is simply not practical."

    About Siemens in Canada

    Siemens is one of the largest and most diversified companies in the world
of electronics and electrical engineering, operating in the industry, energy
and healthcare sectors. The company has 6,000 employees in Canada, working to
develop and manufacture products, design and install complex systems and
projects, and tailor a wide range of solutions for individual requirements.
For almost 100 years in Canada, Siemens has stood for technical achievements,
innovation, quality and reliability. Sales for Siemens in Canada for fiscal
2007 (ended September 30), were $2.3 billion CAD. Further information is
available at www.siemens.ca

    About Vancouver General Hospital

    Vancouver General Hospital (VGH) is a hub for pioneering research,
medical education and acute, tertiary or quaternary patient care - the type of
care that only several centres around the world can deliver. Patients referred
to VGH have severely complicated illnesses and diseases, and are referred from
around the province and across Western Canada. VGH is part of Vancouver
Coastal Health Authority, which provides health services for over 1 million
British Columbian residents.

    ATTENTION ASSIGNMENT DESKS: Demonstrations of the unit are available.
Please contact Lisa Carver at VGH.

    This press release may contain forward-looking statements based on the
beliefs of the management of Siemens Canada Limited and its affiliates. The
words "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "forecast," "expect," "intend,"
"plan," "should," and "project," are used to identify forward-looking
statements. Such statements reflect the management's current views with
respect to future events and are subject to risks and uncertainties. Many
factors could cause the actual results to be materially different, among
others, changes in general economic and business conditions, changes in
currency exchange rate and interest rates, introduction of competing products,
lack of acceptance of new products or services and changes in business
strategy. Actual results may vary materially from those projected here.
Siemens Canada Limited and its affiliates do not intend or assume any
obligation to update these forward-looking statements.





For further information:

For further information: DL Leslie, Corporate Communications, Siemens
Canada Limited, (905) 819-5926, dl.leslie@siemens.com; Lisa Carver, Regional
Communications Leader, Vancouver Coastal Health Authority, (604) 875-4111,
ext. 61777, lisa.carver@vch.ca


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