A Medical Device Daily

Spacelabs Medical (Issaquah, Washington), a division of OSI Systems (Hawthorne, California), said it has received a contract for about $6.3 million from the University of Missouri Hospitals & Clinics, Missouri Rehabilitation Center and the Columbia Regional Hospital (all Columbia, Missouri) for advanced patient monitoring and telemetry systems.

The new enterprise-wide patient monitoring and telemetry system is designed to enable clinicians to have instant access to complete, real-time patient and medical data from anywhere in the university healthcare system. The majority of the systems are expected to be delivered by the end of 4Q05.

Spacelabs patient monitoring systems will be installed in operating rooms and post-acute intensive care units, as well as in intensive care units for pediatric, adolescent, cardiac, post-surgical and burn patients and in telemetry areas for cardiovascular monitoring.

The new monitoring system will provide physicians, nurses and other healthcare staff with secure access to patients’ vital signs, orders, medication charting, medical records, laboratory reports, test results and other records at bedside or via the Internet.

Airgas (Radnor, Pennsylvania) said it has entered into a three-year agreement with Harsco’s (Camp Hill, Pennsylvania) Harsco GasServ division for Airgas to serve as a national distributor for Taylor-Wharton’s liquid cryogenic Refrigeration, Dewar & Freezer (RDF) products.

While Airgas has long distributed Taylor-Wharton equipment, the new three-year agreement calls for Airgas, which says it is the nation’s largest distributor of industrial, specialty and medical gases, to jointly market the Taylor-Wharton RDF line to the life sciences industry.