SOURCE: Encision

March 03, 2008 15:17 ET

Reduce Your Risk of Medical Harm: Become Informed

Patient Safety Is Encision's Top Priority

BOULDER, CO--(Marketwire - March 3, 2008) - Supporting National Patient Safety Awareness Week, March 2-8, 2008, medical device manufacturer Encision Inc. (AMEX: ECI) urges communities to actively partner with local hospitals to promote patient safety. The National Patient Safety Foundation's theme this year, "Patient Safety -- A Road Taken Together," stresses the importance of improving healthcare as a joint effort of hospitals, healthcare providers, patients, and communities.

--  In recent months the announcement that Medicare, Aetna and Blue Cross
    may not pay for certain types of preventable hospital mistakes has served
    as a wake-up call to the healthcare industry. Hospitals are proactively
    working to eliminate preventable complications that should never occur.
    
--  An estimated 15 million incidents of medical harm occur in U.S.
    hospitals each year according to the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.
    
--  Based on the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005 and
    recently proposed regulation from the U.S. Department of Health and Human
    Services, state lawmakers and hospitals are looking at establishing Patient
    Safety Organizations (PSOs) that would make it easier for hospitals to
    report errors and would-be mistakes without fear of retribution.
    
--  "Our Company's top priority is to work alongside hospitals, doctors,
    patients and professional associations to reduce the risk of medical harm
    during surgery and significantly improve patient safety," said Encision CEO
    Jack Serino.
    
--  Encision provides approximately 550 hospitals in 49 states with its
    patented monitoring technology to prevent rare but sometimes fatal
    complications related to laparoscopies -- routine minimally invasive
    surgery performed on over 4 million people in the U.S. every year for gall
    bladder removal, simple hernia repair, gynecological procedures, etc.
    

It is possible during the common laparoscopic procedure for the electrosurgical device to shoot an arc of energy through failed insulation into a patient's internal organs, causing an undetected stray energy burn that can lead to serious complications.

Important Patient Safety Links:

To find out if your hospital uses Encision's AEM system to protect patients from stray energy burns during laparoscopies, call Alan Schwarz at Encision, 800-998-0986, aschwarz@encision.com or visit http://www.encision.com.

Be your own patient advocate!

What you need to know about before undergoing a laparoscopy:

-- Common FAQs

-- Quick Facts

-- Medical Terms

Check out one victim's account after experiencing a stray energy burn.

Links to Additional Useful Patient Safety Information

Encision Inc. designs, develops, manufactures and markets innovative surgical devices that allow surgeons to optimize technique and patient safety during a broad range of surgical procedures. Based in Boulder, Colorado, the Company pioneered the development of patented AEM® Laparoscopic Instruments to improve electrosurgery and reduce the chance for patient injury in minimally invasive surgery. For more information visit http://www.encision.com.

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