Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital Installs 50 BIS Monitors in New Critical Care Facility

Hospital Expands Use of BIS Monitoring Outside the OR Into Critical Care



Apr 19, 2001, 01:00 ET from Aspect Medical Systems, Inc.

    NEWTON, Mass., April 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Harris Methodist Fort Worth (HMFW)
 Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas installed 50 of Aspect Medical Systems'
 (Nasdaq: ASPM) Bispectral Index(R) (BIS(R)) monitors for use throughout its
 new, high tech Critical Care Tower, officially known as the David E. Bloxom,
 Sr. Tower. The five-level facility features the latest advances in medical
 technologies that serve the needs of critical care patients, including BIS
 monitors for measuring depth of sedation. The 50 new monitors were installed
 through Aspect's Equipment Placement Program and supplement the 34 BIS
 monitors currently in use in operating rooms at the hospital.  The installment
 is the largest completed to date in a critical care setting.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000405/ASPMLOGO )
     According to Dr. Paul Grant, chief of anesthesia at HMFW hospital, BIS
 monitors were being used in all of the hospital's operating rooms during
 roughly 95 percent of all operations requiring general anesthesia.  "We found
 the BIS monitor to be very useful in improving the quality of anesthesia we
 administer.  It provides the clinician with added assurance that the patient
 is asleep, while enabling patients to wake up more quickly following their
 procedures," stated Dr. Grant.  "After seeing these benefits in the operating
 room, I suggested using BIS to my colleagues in the critical care unit,
 particularly for patients that require mechanical ventilation, continuous
 sedative medication, neuromuscular blockade or bedside procedures.  Our
 clinicians quickly realized the benefits of BIS technology and requested their
 own monitors for the new Critical Care Tower.  Now, BIS monitoring has been
 adopted as an essential part of practice in our hospital -- both in the
 critical care unit and the operating room."
     Assessing sedation in critically ill patients is particularly challenging
 because these patients are often being treated for multiple conditions and are
 frequently unable to communicate with their caregivers.  Consequently,
 critical care patients may be at risk of experiencing medical complications
 associated with over- and under-sedation.  Clinicians can now address this
 challenge by using the information provided by the BIS monitor to assess the
 patient's level of consciousness and adjusting the amount of sedative
 medication they administer to meet the patient's individual needs.
     "Care of critically ill patients is our core strength at Harris Methodist
 Fort Worth Hospital, and we're committed to expanding the expertise and
 resources we have dedicated to this service," said Ellen Pitcher, director of
 restorative care services, and one of the key leaders in the design and
 development of the new facility.  "BIS monitoring supports our mission by
 enabling caregivers to assess sedation and optimize patient comfort and care."
     Commenting on the partnership with Harris Methodist, Nassib Chamoun,
 president and CEO of Aspect Medical Systems stated, "Harris Methodist's
 Critical Care Tower is truly state-of the-art and the hospital's commitment to
 providing the best medical technologies available to improve the health of
 patients is commendable. We are proud that BIS monitoring is part of this
 initiative and that our technology has been adopted at Harris Methodist for
 widespread use in both the operating room and critical care environment."
 
     About Aspect Medical Systems, Inc.
     Aspect Medical Systems, Inc. is the world's leading supplier of level-of-
 consciousness monitoring systems, including BIS monitors and patient sensors
 that directly measure the effects of anesthetics and sedatives on the brain.
 Aspect's BIS monitoring system provides clinicians with information that
 enables them to better assess and manage a patient's level of consciousness
 wherever anesthetics are administered and provide the precise amount of
 anesthesia needed by each patient.  To date, more than 11,100 BIS monitors
 have been installed in operating rooms and at ICU bedsides, and more than
 three million patients have been monitored throughout the world.  For more
 information, visit the company's web site at http://www.aspectms.com.
 
     About Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital
     Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital is the flagship hospital of the
 Harris Methodist Hospitals. For over 70 years, the hospital has provided
 sophisticated medical services, delivered with compassion and commitment, to
 the Tarrant County community. Located in the heart of Fort Worth, the full-
 service medical center offers specialized capabilities in many areas,
 including oncology, trauma, cardiology, and women's services. More than 800
 physicians are affiliated with the hospital, which is licensed for 606 beds.
 
     Certain statements about Aspect in this release and on Aspect's Web site
 are forward-looking and may involve risk and uncertainties, including
 statements with respect to benefits of, and demand and market acceptance for
 Aspect's products and Aspect's competitive position.  Among the factors that
 could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by such
 forward-looking statements are the results of clinical trials, market
 acceptance of products and products under development, regulatory approval of
 products under development, the scope of Aspect's patent protection and other
 risks included under the heading, "Factors Affecting Future Operating
 Results," in Aspect's annual report on Form 10-K filed on March 29, 2000, with
 the Securities and Exchange Commission.
 
     Bispectral Index and BIS are registered trademarks of Aspect Medical
 Systems, Inc. A-2000 is a trademark of Aspect Medical Systems, Inc.
 
 

SOURCE Aspect Medical Systems, Inc.
    NEWTON, Mass., April 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Harris Methodist Fort Worth (HMFW)
 Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas installed 50 of Aspect Medical Systems'
 (Nasdaq: ASPM) Bispectral Index(R) (BIS(R)) monitors for use throughout its
 new, high tech Critical Care Tower, officially known as the David E. Bloxom,
 Sr. Tower. The five-level facility features the latest advances in medical
 technologies that serve the needs of critical care patients, including BIS
 monitors for measuring depth of sedation. The 50 new monitors were installed
 through Aspect's Equipment Placement Program and supplement the 34 BIS
 monitors currently in use in operating rooms at the hospital.  The installment
 is the largest completed to date in a critical care setting.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000405/ASPMLOGO )
     According to Dr. Paul Grant, chief of anesthesia at HMFW hospital, BIS
 monitors were being used in all of the hospital's operating rooms during
 roughly 95 percent of all operations requiring general anesthesia.  "We found
 the BIS monitor to be very useful in improving the quality of anesthesia we
 administer.  It provides the clinician with added assurance that the patient
 is asleep, while enabling patients to wake up more quickly following their
 procedures," stated Dr. Grant.  "After seeing these benefits in the operating
 room, I suggested using BIS to my colleagues in the critical care unit,
 particularly for patients that require mechanical ventilation, continuous
 sedative medication, neuromuscular blockade or bedside procedures.  Our
 clinicians quickly realized the benefits of BIS technology and requested their
 own monitors for the new Critical Care Tower.  Now, BIS monitoring has been
 adopted as an essential part of practice in our hospital -- both in the
 critical care unit and the operating room."
     Assessing sedation in critically ill patients is particularly challenging
 because these patients are often being treated for multiple conditions and are
 frequently unable to communicate with their caregivers.  Consequently,
 critical care patients may be at risk of experiencing medical complications
 associated with over- and under-sedation.  Clinicians can now address this
 challenge by using the information provided by the BIS monitor to assess the
 patient's level of consciousness and adjusting the amount of sedative
 medication they administer to meet the patient's individual needs.
     "Care of critically ill patients is our core strength at Harris Methodist
 Fort Worth Hospital, and we're committed to expanding the expertise and
 resources we have dedicated to this service," said Ellen Pitcher, director of
 restorative care services, and one of the key leaders in the design and
 development of the new facility.  "BIS monitoring supports our mission by
 enabling caregivers to assess sedation and optimize patient comfort and care."
     Commenting on the partnership with Harris Methodist, Nassib Chamoun,
 president and CEO of Aspect Medical Systems stated, "Harris Methodist's
 Critical Care Tower is truly state-of the-art and the hospital's commitment to
 providing the best medical technologies available to improve the health of
 patients is commendable. We are proud that BIS monitoring is part of this
 initiative and that our technology has been adopted at Harris Methodist for
 widespread use in both the operating room and critical care environment."
 
     About Aspect Medical Systems, Inc.
     Aspect Medical Systems, Inc. is the world's leading supplier of level-of-
 consciousness monitoring systems, including BIS monitors and patient sensors
 that directly measure the effects of anesthetics and sedatives on the brain.
 Aspect's BIS monitoring system provides clinicians with information that
 enables them to better assess and manage a patient's level of consciousness
 wherever anesthetics are administered and provide the precise amount of
 anesthesia needed by each patient.  To date, more than 11,100 BIS monitors
 have been installed in operating rooms and at ICU bedsides, and more than
 three million patients have been monitored throughout the world.  For more
 information, visit the company's web site at http://www.aspectms.com.
 
     About Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital
     Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital is the flagship hospital of the
 Harris Methodist Hospitals. For over 70 years, the hospital has provided
 sophisticated medical services, delivered with compassion and commitment, to
 the Tarrant County community. Located in the heart of Fort Worth, the full-
 service medical center offers specialized capabilities in many areas,
 including oncology, trauma, cardiology, and women's services. More than 800
 physicians are affiliated with the hospital, which is licensed for 606 beds.
 
     Certain statements about Aspect in this release and on Aspect's Web site
 are forward-looking and may involve risk and uncertainties, including
 statements with respect to benefits of, and demand and market acceptance for
 Aspect's products and Aspect's competitive position.  Among the factors that
 could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by such
 forward-looking statements are the results of clinical trials, market
 acceptance of products and products under development, regulatory approval of
 products under development, the scope of Aspect's patent protection and other
 risks included under the heading, "Factors Affecting Future Operating
 Results," in Aspect's annual report on Form 10-K filed on March 29, 2000, with
 the Securities and Exchange Commission.
 
     Bispectral Index and BIS are registered trademarks of Aspect Medical
 Systems, Inc. A-2000 is a trademark of Aspect Medical Systems, Inc.
 
 SOURCE  Aspect Medical Systems, Inc.