KINNELON, N.J., Sept. 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Life Recovery Systems announced today that it has been awarded a new three-year agreement by Premier Purchasing Partners, LP, the group purchasing unit of the Premier healthcare alliance, that makes the ThermoSuit System available by contract to its more than 75,000 healthcare member facilities. After hearing of this award, LRS's first GPO contract, Robert Neary, LRS Director of Marketing commented, "We are very gratified that Premier's Nursing Committee has recognized the value of the ThermoSuit System's unique ability to cool patients to therapeutic temperature in minutes rather than hours using a totally non-invasive procedure. This decision is a great vote of confidence in our company."
The new Life Recovery Systems contract for Patient Temperature Management Products and Accessories runs from July 1, 2011 until June 30, 2014. Among Premier members already using the ThermoSuit System are New York Beth Israel Hospital in New York City NY. Said Dr. Pierre Kory, Beth Israel's Director of Simulation and Hypothermia Training, "Fast… Synchronizes well with an emergent trip to the Cath. Lab; allows us to cool while the Cath. Lab is getting ready." Lafayette General Hospital in Lafayette LA, another Premier member hospital has been using the ThermoSuit System since 2010. Elizabeth Weber, ICU Clinical Educator at Lafayette General commented, "The ThermoSuit System is fast and easy to use and we have had a number of positive outcomes with minimal or no neurological impairment."
The ThermoSuit System uses direct liquid contact with the patient to reduce core body temperature. A thin film of ice water is circulated over the patient's body until the temperature reaches a pre-set limit, at which point the water is automatically removed from the suit. The system is easily set up by two nurses or techs in about 7 minutes and cools to therapeutic temperature of 33 degrees C in 20 to 30 minu