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Hoana Medical Expands Product Offering

October 6, 2008

The LifeGurney provides continuous vigilance of hospital patient-holding areas by transforming any stretcher into an untethered tracking, assessment, and alert network with the ability to monitor cardiac and respiratory functions.


HONOLULU /PRNewswire/ -- Hoana Medical Inc. announced its second product offering, the LifeGurney Patient Vigilance System, which transforms any patient stretcher into an untethered tracking, assessment, and alert network for both cardiac and respiratory functions. Like its sister product, the LifeBed, the LifeGurney tracks a patient's heart and respiratory rate, as well as bed exit attempts, and notifies the nursing team immediately if the patient begins to deteriorate. It can help enhance hospital patient safety efforts by providing nurses with an extra set of eyes while they are tending to other patients, especially in holding areas, ambulatory surgery recovery areas, and emergency rooms, where patient-to-staff ratios may be higher and monitored beds may not be as readily available.

"We developed the LifeGurney Patient Vigilance System because nurses and physicians asked us for it," said Dr. Patrick Sullivan, Chief Executive Officer of Hawaii-based Hoana Medical Inc. "This is another giant step toward our vision of partnering with hospitals to provide all patients with continuous vigilance during their stay. Nurses and physicians can tend to patients in need immediately and families can rest easy, knowing that their loved ones are watched every minute. Patient safety is an issue facing every hospital in the country, and the LifeGurney and LifeBed can help clinical teams through medical vigilance."

LifeGurney provides a timely solution to the incredible overcrowding issues facing almost all hospitals, resulting in delays in treatment of patients. According to the Joint Commission, "one half of all 'sentinel event' cases of poor outcomes that were attributable to delays in therapy originated in the emergency department, with overcrowding playing a role in almost one third of these cases."

On top of nursing labor shortages, increasingly stringent payor policies and tighter economic resources, overcrowding in emergency rooms and other holding areas is a growing problem and can lead to patient diversions, stoppage of elective surgery, and increased patient dissatisfaction—all of which negatively impact hospital throughput and revenue.

LifeGurney is a simple, easy-to-use technology solution that can maximize a hospital's holding area by ensuring that patients waiting for services or an in-patient bed are tracked continuously during their wait. Patients simply lie on the stretcher with no attachments, electrodes, or cuffs and, within seconds, sensors under the coverlet (similar to a fitted sheet) capture signals generated by the patient. The LifeGurney analyzes these signals and notifies the clinical team through existing nurse call systems and/or bedside alerts if they fall outside set parameters.

LifeGurney's sister product, the LifeBed, has experience on more than 15,000 patients across the U.S., or more than 1.5 million patient hours, and has hundreds of nurse-reported interventions, ranging from patients being transferred to telemetry beds because the LifeBed detected an undiagnosed cardiac arrhythmia, to clinicians finding a patient in need of emergency resuscitation and being able to intervene immediately.

About Hoana Medical
Launched in 2002, Hoana Medical Inc. is the "world's leading healthcare company focused on intelligent medical vigilance in acute care hospitals, where approximately 200,000 people die from errors and mistakes. Its first U.S. Food and Drug Administration–cleared offering, the LifeBed patient vigilance system, transforms any hospital bed into a LifeBed system by tracking a patient's vital signs without any wires or connections to the patient. Patients with LifeBed intervention stories can share their intervention by registering with Hoana's LifePAC team and clicking on the Patient Stories button. For every story, Hoana will donate valuable dollars to the patient's favorite health-related charity. Hoana is headquartered in Honolulu, HI.


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