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Tracking Surgical Instruments to Increase Hospitalís Efficiency with First Canadian Installation of the ĎAlex Goldí Tracking Software

Ottawa, Ontario - In an effort to temper rising medical costs, provide assurance, and increase productivity, a new healthcare instrument tracking software will be installed at The Ottawa Hospital to effectively track its vital equipment. The expected results are more efficient, productive operating rooms, and better instrument training and tracking for hospital staff.

The Ottawa Hospital, with its three campuses, is the first in Canada to implement a multi-facility system of Alex Gold. The new software identifies and tracks the location and status of surgical instrument sets and equipment throughout the three city hospital sites. More than 23 hospitals throughout Canada have implemented various versions of the Alex software line.

The Ottawa Hospital is a 1,060 bed academic health sciences centre, affiliated with the University of Ottawa. Its services are concentrated on 3 campuses: the Civic, General and Riverside. The surgery program is comprised of 5 departments and 15 divisions, including dental, general, neurological, orthopedic, plastic, thoracic, urology, vascular surgery, ophthalmology, otolaryngology, general ob/gyn, gynecologic oncology, urogynecology and reconstructive pelvic surgery and anesthesia. More than 900 staff and 246 physicians work in the Ottawa Hospital operating rooms, clinics and surgical wards.

Alex Gold software is a pre-loaded, web-based and a turn-key system that offers multi-site functionality to busy staff in operating rooms and sterile processing departments throughout the city. On-line instrument identification can save countless hours of educational training as new tools are introduced, and new medical staff joins the hospital. At the same time, Alex Gold ensures effective sterilization and control of expensive critical instrument sets and equipment. The system can be a valuable tool in supporting surgical activity throughout healthcare facilities, by ensuring that instruments have been properly identified, decontaminated and sterilized.

Alex Gold is distributed in Canada through Codman, a unit of Johnson & Johnson Medical Products, a division of Johnson & Johnson, Inc.. As well as providing a full line of surgical instruments, Codman provides for the surgical treatment of central nervous system disorders through a wide range of products such as hydrocephalic shunt valve systems. Visit their website at www.jnjgateway.com.

About TGX Medical Systems
TGX Medical Systems Inc., the Indiana-based development software firm that owns the Alex Software, is headquartered in Carmel, Indiana, USA. TGX Medical Systems designs, develops and markets software solutions for medical asset management and tracking. These web-based systems work with specialized hardware supplied by major integrators. They are sold to small, medium and large-sized hospitals and medical facilities. TGX Medical Systems's systems are distinguished from competition by their sophisticated interfaces, scalability and ease of modification and are extensively patented. Our markets are worldwide. The TGX Medical Systems website is www.tgxmedical.com.