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ELECTROMEDICS TO BENEFIT FROM HEALTHCARE REFORM

 ENGLEWOOD, Colo., April 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Electromedics Inc. (NASDAQ-NMS: ELMD) today announced that its autotransfusion line of products make it well positioned to take advantage of any kind of health care reform that may be proposed by the new administration. Electromedics' autotransfusion equipment and related single-use disposables allow blood lost during surgery to be salvaged thus allowing the patient to be their own blood donor.
 "A major hospital reported saving over $1 million in one year through the use of Electromedics' autotransfusion systems, however, less than 6 percent of blood transfused in the U.S. used autotransfusion," said F. James Lynch, president and chief executive officer. "Our autotransfusion products can literally save the healthcare industry billions of dollars annually and reduce demand on an already burdened donor blood system. A strong stand by the new administration on the use of autotransfusion to reduce healthcare costs could be a major benefit for Electromedics' market penetration."
 The Research Triangle Institute, an independent research group, conducted a study, which revealed that adverse reactions to donor blood costs the U.S. healthcare industry $1.8 billion annually. In 1992 approximately four million people received 14 million units of donor blood and nearly one-half of all donor blood recipients experienced some medical complication. The development of techniques for better utilization of a patient's own blood could increase autologous procedures tenfold due to:
 -- increasing cost effectiveness of autologous versus donor blood;
 -- growing awareness of the clinical benefits of autologous blood;
 -- the trend toward legislation requiring doctors to inform
 patients of the risks associated with donor blood.
 Healthcare professionals will be seeking new ways to balance quality of care and cost containment. Electromedics is dedicated to help them meet this challenge. The ability to provide cost savings while improving patient care will be a powerful incentive for increased sales of Electromedics' equipment and disposables.
 Electromedics designs, manufacturers and markets medical equipment and associated disposable devices focusing on blood management, blood conservation and temperature monitoring. Its products are sold to more than 1,000 hospitals and medical centers throughout the United States and in 30 countries. Headquarters and manufacturing facilities are based in Englewood.
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 /CONTACT: Wayne Brown of Carl Thompson Associates, 303-494-5472, for Electromedics/
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