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Oridion Systems Ltd. (SW:ORIDN): Microstream(R) Technology Chosen by the Bavarian Red Cross for Improved Patient Safety


12/3/2009 1:15:30 PM

JERSUSALEM and NEEDHAM, Massachusetts, December 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Oridion Systems Ltd. (SIX Swiss Exchange: ORIDN) today announced that the Bavarian Red Cross has chosen Microcap(R) portable capnographs for its RTW (Rettungswagen) medical vehicles. The use of capnography can help paramedic teams to assess the ventilation status of a patient as well as alert them to issues that affect respiratory status such as displaced endotracheal tubes, episodes of respiratory depression as well as the status of resuscitative efforts. Immediate treatment of these developing conditions can improve the patient's status and limit the danger of further serious complications.

Since 2007, the DIN 1789 Norm and Rules for German Ambulance Vehicles of the type "RTW" mandated the use of capnometers when transporting emergency patients. The Bavarian Red Cross has been looking for a standalone capnograph unit to fulfill the requirements of DIN 1789, as it believed the utility vs. cost to be better than incorporating capnography into existing Defibrillators or Respirators. Furthermore a significant graph of the CO2 curve was a requirement.

The Bavarian Red Cross tested four different competitive units at four different sites and after a thorough analysis, chose the Oridion Microcap capnography monitor. Their selection of the Microcap was based on several criteria including: ease of use, reliability, portability, ruggedness and stability of the device. Microcap monitors are one of the Oridion family of portable monitors employing Microstream capnography technology to provide accurate, continuous monitoring on intubated and non-intubated patients from neonate to adult patients in hospital and pre-hospital environments, including emergency transport.

The ability to accurately monitor CO2 levels in a patient's breathing is vital for ensuring patient safety - especially in emergency transports. Studies have shown that capnography is an important tool during emergency applications. It has proven far superior in recognizing displaced endotracheal tubes when compared to traditional clinical subjective evaluations[1]. Other studies show that etCO2 levels should be monitored during CPR (Cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and should be regarded as having important prognostic value in predicting the outcome of resuscitative efforts[2].

Capnography is increasingly being used by paramedics worldwide to help in their assessment and real-time treatment of both intubated and non-intubated patients in the pre-hospital setting. This is one of the reasons why the London Ambulance Service and several states in the US have mandated capnography for intubated patients in Emergency Medical Services (ambulances).

Gerry Feldman, President of Oridion Capnography, commented that "I am pleased that the Bavarian Red Cross has recognized the importance of CO2 monitoring and selected the Microcap. Its superior Microstream capnography provides accurate monitoring and many other benefits, and most importantly its routine use improves patient safety."

About Oridion

Oridion Systems Ltd. (http://www.oridion.comwww.oridion.com) is a global medical device company specializing in patient safety monitoring. The Company operates through wholly owned subsidiaries in the United States, Europe, and Israel.

Oridion develops proprietary medical devices and patient interfaces, based on its patented Microstream(R) technologies, for the enhancement of patient safety through the monitoring of the carbon dioxide (CO2) in a patient's breath. These products provide effective, proven airway management and are used in various clinical environments, including procedural sedation, pain management, operating rooms, critical care units, post-anesthesia care units, emergency medical services, transport, alternate care and other settings where patients' ventilation may be compromised and at risk.

Certain statements made herein that are not historical are forward-looking. The words "estimate" "project" "intend" "expect" "believe" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties. Many factors could cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements that may be expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements, including, among others, our ability to maintain profits, the market demands for our Capnography products, our ability to focus our team on the Capnography business, changes in general economic and business conditions, inability to maintain market acceptance to the Company's products, inability to timely develop and introduce new technologies, products and applications, rapid changes in the market for the Company's products, loss of market share and pressure on prices resulting from competition, introduction of competing products by other companies, inability to manage growth and expansion, loss of key OEM partners, inability to attract and retain qualified personnel, inability to protect the Company's proprietary technology.

The Company does not assure any obligation to update the forward looking information contained in this press release.

[1] Silvestri S, Ralls GA, Krauss B, et al. The effectiveness of out-of-hospital use of continuous end-tidal carbon dioxide monitoring on the rate of unrecognized misplaced intubation within a regional emergency medical services system. Ann Emerg Med 45(5):497-503, 2005.

[2] Miran K, Miljenko K, et al. Partial pressure of end-tidal carbon dioxide successful predicts cardiopulmonary resuscitation in the field: a prospective observational study, Critical Care 2008, 12:R115 (doi:10.1186/cc7009)

CONTACT: For further Oridion information please contact: Alan Adler,
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Walter Tabachnik, Chief Financial
Officer, Elena Gerberg, Investor Relations, e-mail: investor@oridion.com,
website: http://www.oridion.com, phone: +972-2-589-9159 address: Oridion
Systems Ltd., P.O. Box 45025, 91450 Jerusalem, Israel


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