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Alaris Medical Systems to Demonstrate Wireless Connectivity At HIMSS.

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The ALARIS(R) Network and Server-Based Applications for the

Medley(TM) System Now Used at the Hospital of the University of

Pennsylvania and Sharp Healthcare of San Diego

ALARIS Medical Systems, Inc. (NYSE: AMI), developer of products for the safe delivery of intravenous (IV) medications, announced today that the Company will demonstrate its enterprise-wide networked solutions for the Medley(TM) Medication Safety System at the annual meeting of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) to be held in Orlando, FL, from February 23rd to February 25th.

The ALARIS(R) Network and server-based applications for the ALARIS Medical Systems(R) smart infusion technology are currently on patients at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) and Sharp HealthCare of San Diego. ALARIS Medical Systems will demonstrate how this application links to an entire suite of products to create a new level of functionality for enterprise-wide IV medication safety solutions.

"We are very pleased with ALARIS Medical Systems' network solution for medication safety," said Stephen Smith, Chief Technology Officer at HUP. "Continuous quality improvement (CQI) data from the smart infusion systems are now automatically transmitted to the central server using the hospital's wireless infrastructure."

"The ALARIS(R) Network and server-based applications will provide real-time visibility into what is happening at the point of care to users throughout the hospital," commented Bill Spooner, Chief Information Officer at Sharp HealthCare of San Diego.

ALARIS Medical Systems, the technology leader in the infusion delivery field, introduces a new level of medication safety by linking its point-of-care infusion delivery platform into the hospital's information network to create a real-time systems management for its Guardrails(R) Safety Software. The ALARIS(R) Systems Manager, a server-based application running on the ALARIS(R) Network, eliminates the need to manually transfer information to and from individual Medley(TM) System devices. Instead, data is automatically transmitted between each Medley(TM) System and the central server using the hospital's wireless infrastructure. The ALARIS(R) Network allows hospitals to collect, interpret, and respond to continuous quality improvement (CQI) data as it is generated.

"The Medley(TM) System and the ALARIS(R) Network are changing practice and the way we deliver care," said Victoria Rich, PhD., Chief Nursing Officer at HUP. "We are already gathering valuable CQI data for IV medications that is helping us conduct proactive risk assessments of our medication use processes."

"We chose this modular 'smart' technology because of its ability to easily integrate new tools and applications as they become available. Implementing the ALARIS(R) Network is the next step after implementing the Medley(TM) System and is expected to help us reach a significantly higher level of medication safety in our IV drug administration," explained Nancy Pratt, Senior Vice President for Clinical Effectiveness at Sharp HealthCare. "I am proud that Sharp HealthCare can provide this new level of protection to its patients."

The enterprise-wide server enables further integration of infusion parameters and clinical outcomes data into the hospital's information system. These Medley(TM) System enhancements are expected to provide point-of-care knowledge regarding clinical practice of IV delivery, which can increase medication safety and encourage clinical improvements for hospitals that have chosen the Medley(TM) System with the Guardrails(R) Safety Software.

"Patients and physicians at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Sharp HealthCare of San Diego are already benefiting from the latest addition to our medication safety technology," said Jake St. Philip, vice president and general manager of ALARIS Medical Systems' North American Business Unit.

Previous analysis of data collected from seven hospitals that use the Medley(TM) System, equipped with the Guardrails(R) CQI Software, indicates that a potentially life-threatening IV error was averted every 2.6 days at the average 350-bed hospital. ALARIS Medical Systems' customers are using this data as a resource to improve clinical best practices in their institutions. Such data is available only from the ALARIS Medical Systems' CQI application. The ALARIS Medical Systems proprietary Guardrails(R) Safety Software has over 170 million hours of patient use and has been shown to help reduce medication errors. The introduction of the ALARIS(R) Network means that this information can now be gathered without the need to "touch" each device.

About the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP):

The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, founded in 1874 as the nation's first teaching hospital, is consistently ranked as one of only 17 "Honor Roll" hospitals in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. HUP serves as the flagship hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Health System -- which consists of four owned hospitals, a faculty-practice plan, a primary-care provider network, three multispecialty satellite facilities, and home health care and hospice. HUP's physicians are faculty within the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine -- which was recently ranked #4 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Penn's School of Medicine is also ranked #2 in the nation for receipt of NIH research funds.

About Sharp HealthCare of San Diego

Sharp HealthCare is San Diego's most comprehensive health-care delivery system, recognized for clinical excellence in cardiac care, women's services, cancer, orthopedics, multi-organ transplants, rehabilitation and behavioral health services. The Sharp system includes four acute-care hospitals, three specialty hospitals, three affiliated medical groups and six urgent care centers. In 2003 and 2004, Sharp was one of three large employers named best place to work by The San Diego Business Journal. In 2002, Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women was named one of the top 10 places in the U.S. to have a baby, according to FitPregnancy Magazine. The 2003 Hospitals and Health Care Networks Magazine names Sharp one of its "100 Most Wired" health systems. To learn more about Sharp, visit

About ALARIS Medical Systems, Inc.

ALARIS Medical Systems, Inc. (NYSE: AMI) develops and markets products for the safe delivery of intravenous (IV) medications. The Company's IV medication and infusion therapy delivery systems, software applications, needle-free disposables and related monitoring equipment are marketed in the United States and internationally. ALARIS Medical Systems' "smart" pumps, with the proprietary Guardrails(R) Safety Software, help to reduce the risks and costs of medication errors, help to safeguard patients and clinicians and gather and record clinical information for review, analysis and interpretation. The Company provides its products, professional and technical support and training services to over 5,000 hospital and health care systems, as well as alternative care sites, in more than 120 countries through its direct sales force and distributors. Headquartered in San Diego, California, ALARIS Medical Systems employs approximately 3,000 people worldwide. Additional information on ALARIS Medical Systems can be found at

This news release contains forward-looking statements as defined in the Safe Harbor Provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Persons reading this release are cautioned that such forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, including the effect of legislative and regulatory changes affecting the health care industry, the potential of increased levels of competition, technological changes, the dependence of ALARIS Medical Systems upon the success of new products (including its proprietary Guardrails(R) Safety Software and the Medley(TM) Medication Safety System) and ongoing research and development efforts including obtaining regulatory approvals, and the amount of the Company's indebtedness. Such risk factors are detailed in the Securities and Exchange Commission filings of ALARIS Medical Systems, Inc., formerly known as ALARIS Medical, Inc., including Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2002, and other filings. On June 30, 2003 the two companies were merged. Subsequent SEC filings are available only for ALARIS Medical Systems, Inc. The Company assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements as a result of new information or future events or developments.
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