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ELECTROMEDICS PRESENTS NEW R & D CONCEPTS AT INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM

 ENGLEWOOD, Colo., Aug. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Electromedics Inc. (NASDAQ-NMS: ELMD) and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center presented their innovative design strategy for an intravenous oxygenator at the Nineteenth Congress of the International Society for Artificial Organs held in Amsterdam earlier this month. Brack G. Hattler, M.D., Ph.D., described the latest design concepts that have been developed in this joint research project and patented by Electromedics.
 The Intravenous Membrane Oxygenator (IMO) is intended to provide temporary support for patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). The National Institutes of Health estimate that there are approximately 150,000 cases of ARDS in the United States every year, and estimates by others are as high as 200,000 per year. An intravenous oxygenator resides in the large vein which returns blood to the heart, providing oxygen to, and removing carbon dioxide from the blood before it reaches the natural lungs. This allows the natural lungs to rest and heal.
 Hattler, Professor of Surgery and Director of the Artificial Lung Research Program at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Gary Reeder, C.P., Director of Research at Electromedics have assembled an interdisciplinary team of physicians, bioengineers, scientists and clinicians to address the design of an intravenous oxygenator which has the potential to save thousands of lives each year.
 "Our ideas were very well received by the international community of artificial organ researchers," said Hattler. "The key to the success of our oxygenator is the fact that it incorporates a means of actively mixing blood around the fibers that exchange oxygen for carbon dioxide. We have the only device that has this feature, and we will be ready for clinical trials in 1994."
 Electromedics designs, manufactures and markets medical equipment and associated disposable devices, focusing on blood therapy and surgical care. Headquartered in Englewood, Electromedics employs more than 300 men and women. Its products are sold to more than 1,000 hospitals and medical centers throughout the United States, and in 30 countries with new sales and service offices located in Frankfurt, Germany and in Strasbourg, France.
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 /CONTACT: F. James Lynch or Richard B. Carlock of Electromedics, 303-790-8700/
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