Leading Pediatric Hospital Chooses RIVA System for Safe and Efficient IV Preparation

    WINNIPEG, Oct. 31 /CNW/ - Intelligent Hospital Systems (IH Systems) today
announced that one of the world's leading pediatric hospitals has signed a
contract to lease a RIVA (Robotic Intravenous Automation) system- a
self-contained unit for filling IV syringes and bags.
    Kevin McGarry, Chief Executive Officer of IH Systems, believes RIVA's
ability to safely and accurately fill IV syringes and bags is an important
attribute for health care facilities seeking to ensure patient safety. "The
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is clearly a leader in pediatric pharmacy
and we are thrilled to help them achieve their goals for patient care," he
says. He continues, "Working with the smallest of critically ill patients and
dispensing a wide range of products in very small doses, a pediatric hospital
needs to have confidence in the system they choose to dispense required
medications." McGarry points out the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia will
be the first dedicated pediatric hospital to use a RIVA system to manage their
production of both IV syringes and bags.
    RIVA's flexibility and suitability for use in adult and pediatric
facilities, coupled with its ability to safely process chemotherapy drugs, is
driving increased interest in the system, according to Jane Arnot, Vice
President of Corporate Strategy and Business Development for IH Systems.
"Health care facilities across North America are recognizing the significant
expected benefits for patient care from using the RIVA system, including
reduced compounding risk, improved sterility and increased dose accuracy in
their admixture pharmacies," she says. "We are seeing a great deal of interest
in both pediatric and adult hospitals, and from infusion centers," she adds.
Arnot says the first unit will be placed in March 2008.

    RIVA (Robotic IV Automation System) -a self-contained unit for filling IV
syringes and bags- is the first product developed by Winnipeg-based medical
device company Intelligent Hospital Systems. For more information, please
visit www.rivasystem.com.

For further information:

For further information: Jane Arnot, VP Corporate Strategy/Business
Development, (204) 925-5343, www.intelligenthospitals.com

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