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Novation Awards Innovative Technology Agreement to Intersurgical for its Unique i-gelTM Airway Management Product

Intersurgical’s supraglottic airway, the i-gelTM, is designed to increase clinical efficacy and enhance patient safety

IRVING, TX; October 16, 2012 — Novation, the leading health care supply chain expertise and contracting company for the members of VHA Inc., UHC, Children’s Hospital Association, and Provista LLC, today announced that it has awarded an agreement to Intersurgical for its i-gel™ airway management product through Novation’s innovative technology evaluation process.

Instead of the traditional method of adding air to the cuff and relying on tissue compression to seal the pharynx and esophageal opening, i-gel’s anatomical shape and soft gel-like thermoplastic cuff has been engineered to be softer than the anatomical structures, providing an impression fit without inflation. By eliminating cuff inflation, the associated risks to patients, such as sore throat, dysphagia and dysphonia, are greatly reduced. This non-latex and non-PVC airway management product is designed to improve clinical efficacy in the adult and pediatric patient during routine anesthesia, emergency airway management and resuscitation.

Novation’s Innovative Technology Program allows Novation to work with member councils and task forces to identify and review new or innovative technology that provides an incremental clinical benefit over existing products. Since 2003, more than 500 new and innovative technologies have been reviewed through Novation’s Innovative Technology Program.

“Whenever possible, Novation seeks to add products that advance the benefit to patient care, patient safety and health care worker safety to our portfolio as the products become available for use in the United States,” said Debbie Archer, director, procurement and innovative technology, Novation. “Our Innovative Technology program allows us to take a thorough and sophisticated approach to reviewing the exciting new products entering the market, while also fully engaging hospital member input and feedback.”

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About Novation, Winner of the Ethics Inside® Certification
Founded in 1998, Novation is the leading health care supply chain expertise, analytics and contracting company for the more than 100,000 members and affiliates of VHA Inc. and UHC, two national health care alliances, Children's Hospital Association, an alliance of the nation's leading pediatric facilities, and Provista, LLC. Novation provides alliance members with sourcing services, as well as information and data services. Based in Irving, Texas, Novation develops and manages competitive contracts with more than 800 suppliers. Members of VHA, UHC, Children’s Hospital Association and Provista used Novation contracts to purchase approximately $49 billion in 2013. Novation has earned the coveted Ethics Inside Certification from Ethisphere Institute, a leading international think tank dedicated to the research and promotion of best practices in corporate ethics and compliance. Novation was also named on Ethisphere's World's Most Ethical Companies list, and is the only company in the health care industry to earn both distinctions for three consecutive years. To learn more about Novation, please follow @NovationNews.


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