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Pulmodyne News: Novation Awards Innovative Technology Agreement to Product that Gives Patients the Ability to Speak

Posted by Jessica Hartman DeVore on Wed, Sep 19, 2012 @11:46 AM

Novation Awards Innovative Technology Agreement to Product that Gives Patients the Ability to Speak

Pulmodyne’s innovative Tracheostomy Tube System also enhances patient safety!

IRVING, TX; September 19, 2012 – Novation, the leading health care supply chain expertise and contracting company for the members of VHA Inc., UHC, Children’s Hospital Association, and Provista LLC, today announced that it has awarded an agreement to Pulmodyne for their Blom® cuffed tracheostomy tubes through Novation’s innovative technology evaluation process. 

The Blom® tracheostomy tube system is an innovative solution that allows patients the ability to speak in their own natural voice, even though they are ventilator-dependent patients with a tracheostomy. The Blom tracheostomy tube system has a unique subglottic suctioning disposable inner cannula that gives the clinician the ability to perform suctioning above the cuff of a tracheostomy tube, which will help them in their strategy to fight ventilator acquired pneumonia (VAP).  

Novation’s Innovative Technology Program allows Novation to work with member councils and task forces to identify and review new or innovative technology that provides an incremental clinical benefit over existing products.  Since 2003, more than 500 new and innovative technologies have been reviewed through Novation’s Innovative Technology Program.

“Our goal with the Program is to work with hospital members to identify innovative technology that improves patient care or reduces the risk of harm to patients or providers, while simultaneously raising the standard of patient care and safety,” said Debbie Archer, director, procurement and innovative technology, Novation.  “Many exciting advancements are occurring in health care technology, and we are committed to providing visibility into the latest innovations.”

About Novation, Winner of the Ethics Inside® Certification

Founded in 1998, Novation is the leading health care supply chain expertise and contracting company for the more than 65,000 members of VHA Inc. and UHC, two national health care alliances, Children’s Hospital Association, an alliance of the nation’s leading pediatric facilities, and Provista, LLC. Novation provides alliance members with sourcing services, as well as information and data services. Based in Irving, Texas, Novation develops and manages competitive contracts with more than 600 suppliers. VHA, UHC, and Provista members used Novation contracts to purchase more than $40 billion in 2011. Novation recently earned the coveted Ethics Inside® Certification from Ethisphere Institute, a leading international think tank dedicated to the research and promotion of best practices in corporate ethics and compliance.  Novation was also named on Ethisphere’s World’s Most Ethical Companies list, and is the only company in the health care industry to earn both distinctions.  To learn more about Novation, please visit and follow @NovationNews.

About Pulmodyne

Founded in 1985, Pulmodyne has grown to be a leader in innovative respiratory products. The company’s portfolio includes the O2 – RESQ Immediate CPAP System, the Blom Tracheostomy Tube System, and BiTrac NIV and HC Masks and Accessories. Since its inception the company has operated as a privately held corporation. For more information, please visit

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