Smiths Medical to supply temperature management products to US
Carlsbad, Calif. USA. Smiths Medical, part of the global engineering
business of UK-based Smiths Group, has been awarded participation in a
multi-million dollar contract with Premier Purchasing Partners group
purchasing organization (GPO).
This three-year contract, effective from 1 August 2006 to 31 July 2009,
represents Premier's renewed commitment to purchase devices from Smiths
Medical's Temperature Management product portfolio. This award positions
Smiths Medical as a full line provider of patient warming products for the
approximately 1500 acute care facilities that encompass this GPO's
Premier Purchasing Partners is a healthcare alliance entirely
owned by more than 200 of the USA's leading not-for-profit hospitals and
healthcare systems. These organizations operate or are affiliated with
nearly 1,500 hospitals and more than 38,500 other healthcare sites. Premier
Purchasing Partners provides an array of services supporting health services
delivery including group purchasing totalling more than $25 billion annually
in supplies and equipment purchasing, as well as supply chain and clinical
performance improvement services.
The Smiths Medical temperature
management products include both convective and fluid warming products. One
of Smiths Medical's products, Level 1, offers an effective system for
keeping patients warm during high-volume surgical irrigation — the Level 1
NormoFlo Irrigation Fluid Warmer System. Their convective warming products
feature the complete SnuggleWarm Blankets, a standard line of products in
many acute settings, which provide warm air, are easy to manipulate and are
available in multiple configurations for all clinical applications.
"Premier members will benefit from access to Smiths Medical's
industry-leading fluid and convective warming products. Smiths Medical's
quality temperature management product portfolio is designed to enhance
patient outcomes while advancing the quality of care provided," said Steve
Glover, Vice President of Corporate Accounts at Smiths Medical. "These
contracts represent a tremendous opportunity for Smiths Medical to increase
its presence within Premier's membership."